The novel optimistic view of the HIV epidemic, which seems to be associated with the success of HIV antiviral therapy and prevention, may lead to an increase in the number of HIV infected people. Overall, risky sexual behaviors are increasing due to optimism regarding the manageability and reduced threat of HIV disease. In addition, the beliefs that some people have regarding the success of treatment and the meaning of viral load are often not supported by scientific research. In order to regain proper prevention methods, misconceptions about the HIV epidemic should be cleared, through greater educational efforts by clinicians, educators, and AIDS service organizations with regards to new treatments, adherence, the meaning of viral activity, and the dangers of drug-resistant viral transmission.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Focus (San Francisco, Calif.)|
|State||Published - Apr 1999|
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