FAQ about TTEA and
What is the test-and-treat strategy?
The test-and-treat strategy advocates routine testing for, and treatment
of, HIV infections as soon as they are confirmed (regardless of a person’s CD4 count or viral load) to stop the progression
of the disease and to stop the spread of the HIV virus. This strategy,
also known as treatment as prevention, has gained support in the
past year among scientists and political leaders alike.
How will you implement the test-and-treat
Test & Treat to End AIDS is not an implementing entity —
it is an advocacy organization. TTEA has successfully advocated
for funding several large-scale, test-and-treat proof-of-concept research studies.
In November 2011, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged $110
million to step up studies of test-and-treat and other prevention
strategies. This will help determine the strategies’ effectiveness
in stopping the transmission of the HIV virus, reducing costs, saving
lives and determining the strategies’ scalability. TTEA continues
to monitor progress in and support for the government’s scale-up
of these so-called “combination prevention” efforts.
What did Secretary Clinton say about test-and-treat
and achieving the goal of “an AIDS-free generation”?
Speaking at the National Institutes of Health on November 8, 2011, Secretary Clinton marked the 30th anniversary of the identification
of the virus that causes AIDS by calling for a renewed push to stem
She focused on three key interventions that have
been shown to combat HIV transmission: increasing efforts to stop
infected pregnant women from passing the virus to their babies;
expanding voluntary medical male circumcision; and scaling up testing
and immediate treatment of people living with HIV.
“None of the interventions can create an
AIDS-free generation by itself,” she said. “But used
in combination with each other and with other powerful prevention
methods, they do present an extraordinary opportunity. … Creating
an AIDS-free generation has never been a policy priority for the
United States government until today, because this goal would have
been unimaginable just a few years ago.”