Advances in the field of HIV/AIDS over the last 30 years mean that HIV is now a long-term, manageable chronic disease. Many factors are helping to bridge the longevity and morbidity gaps between those living with HIV and the general population in Western Europe. These include a holistic approach to health, early testing, long-term treatment strategies for many, and for the majority of the population well-tolerated and convenient antiretroviral therapy (ART).
While we continue to tackle challenges such as reducing the number of new infections, getting more people tested and diagnosed earlier, and supporting at-risk groups, the reality of HIV as a long-term chronic illness brings a new set of challenges that we must also confront today. For people living with HIV and their healthcare professionals, both duration and quality of life are important measures of success.
* The west of the WHO European region is made up of 23 countries.
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