The new WHO guidelines just raised the number of people who should be taking HIV medication by millions

GENEVA (Reuters) — The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday that all people with the HIV virus should be given anti-retroviral drugs as soon as possible after diagnosis, meaning 37 million people worldwide should be on treatment.

The WHO, in a statement expanding current guidelines, said recent clinical trials confirmed that early use of the drugs extended the lives of people with HIV and reduced the risk of transmitting it to their partners.

All people at “substantial” risk of contracting HIV should also be given preventive anti-retroviral treatment, not just men who have sex with men, it said.

(Editing by John Stonestreet)

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