World AIDS Day 2014 - Closing the gap in HIV prevention and treatment
World AIDS Day 2014, 1 December, is an opportunity to harness the power of social change to put people first and close the access gap. Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is possible, but only by closing the gap between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and people who are being left behind. Closing the gap means empowering and enabling all people, everywhere, to access the services they need.
On World AIDS Day 2014 WHO released new guidelines on providing antiretrovirals (ARVs) as an emergency prevention following HIV exposure, and on the use of the antibiotic co-trimoxazole to prevent HIV-related infections.
The independent Expert Review Group (iERG) on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health prepared a statement for the World AIDS Day 2014.
Midwives play a key role in the fight against the AIDS epidemic. They are educators in the communities they live and practitioners in the prevention of the spread of HIV. They work in partnership with women and other medical staff to determine the most optimum method of birth to prevent transmission. ICM has a position statements on HIV and AIDS and on Exclusive Breastfeeding and HIV.