Time to fast-track the fight against HIV

Published: December 4, 2014

The Pharmaceutical Journal
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Achieving a new set of ambitious targets set by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) could bring an end to the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
In the report ‘Fast-Track: ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030’, UNAIDS advocates that 90% of people infected with the virus are made aware of their status, 90% of those people receive antiretroviral treatment and 90% of those have undetectable viral loads by 2020 before raising targets to 95% by 2030.

Great strides have been made in many countries to tackle the HIV epidemic and reduce the discrimination that stymies control of HIV. The risks of mother-to-child transmission of HIV can be reduced to below 1% by the appropriate use of HIV treatment during pregnancy and delivery. Meanwhile, the total number of people living with HIV continues to rise owing to improved survival, and the rate of new HIV infections has decreased.

The notion of a world in which HIV is under control is a tantalising prospect. More must be done to reach groups at high risk of HIV transmission, including men who have sex with men, sex workers and injecting drug users, especially in countries where a diagnosis is still highly stigmatised.

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