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World AIDS Day 2014 - Closing the gap in HIV prevention and treatment

28 November 2014 -- 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.

Emergency HIV prevention services in South Africa

A woman at a clinic gives advice on post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).
MSF/Mariella Furrer

27 November 2014 -- In 2013, a record 13 million people were able to access life-saving antiretrovirals (ARVs). But many people still lack comprehensive HIV treatment and prevention services. This feature story describes how a centre in South Africa offers emergency HIV prevention medication, as well as support and advice to rape victims. On World AIDS Day 2014, WHO will release new guidelines on providing ARVs as emergency prevention following HIV exposure, and on the use of the antibiotic co-trimoxazole to prevent HIV-related infections.

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