Researchers at the World Health Organization used computer models to create a new strategy for eliminating the AIDS virus.
Researchers found annual voluntary testing for the virus, followed by immediate antiviral treatment, would drive virus levels so low HIV cases would drop 95% within 10 years. The flaws with this plan is getting everyone to be tested is difficult, and prescribing drugs to patients who do not have symptoms can be costly.
The current method calls for patients to be treated once symptoms occur. However, some experts say early treatment could be more cost effective in the end. The new method is not in place yet but who experts plan to discuss it further.
Monday marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day.