Global Gains Made Toward the 90-90-90 Targets
July 18, 2016
Taking place at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, the event saw the launch of advance draft copies of a new UNAIDS report, 90-90-90: on the right track towards the treatment target. The report highlights best practices and provides examples of countries that are already coming close to achieving the 90-90-90 targets, which are that 90% of people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status are accessing treatment and 90% of people on treatment have suppressed viral loads.
The meeting heard that in at least 10 countries from diverse regions, HIV treatment coverage either doubled or almost doubled from 2012 to 2015, reinforcing the feasibility of rapid scale-up. Especially encouraging is the rapid expansion of treatment services in certain fragile settings, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the proportion of people living with HIV receiving HIV treatment also doubled, from 16% to 33% between 2012 and 2015. These encouraging results from diverse countries provide credibility to the attainment of the 90-90-90 targets. However, challenges remain and many countries are struggling to achieve the third 90 target.
The report outlines steps that are needed to expedite gains towards each of the three 90s. Technological and service delivery innovations rapidly need to be brought to scale, communities must be empowered to lead the push to end the epidemic, new resources must be mobilized to reach the final mile of the response to HIV and steps must urgently be taken to eliminate social and structural barriers to service access.
This article was provided by UNAIDS. It is a part of the publication The 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016). Visit UNAIDS' website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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