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World AIDS Day

Posted on 01 December 2015 by Zara Zalnieriunas

On this World AIDS Day we celebrate progress that has been made and we push to meet new goals to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. This year the UN reached their target of treating 15 million people with HIV by 2015. In their new Fast-Track Strategy, they aim to have 90% of HIV infected individuals knowing their HIV status, 90% of those people to be receiving treatment and 90% of people being treated to have viral load suppression to the level where they are no longer infectious (the 90-90-90 goal) by 2020 and a similar 95-95-95 goal by 2030. Along with this, they are aiming to have new infections in adults down to 200 000 by 2030 and having zero discrimination is a goal throughout.
These are ambitious goals, but we have already seen proof of the amazing progress that can be made in this fight against the AIDS epidemic when world organizations come together to meet a target. We must continue with increased effort or risk back tracking as Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, has stated, “We have bent the trajectory of the epidemic. Now we have five years to break it for good or risk the epidemic rebounding out of control.”
Here is Michel Sidibe’s 2015 World AIDS Day Message:
http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/pressreleaseandstatementarchive/2015/
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References:
http://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/JC2686_WAD2014report_en.pdf
For more information on the Fast-Track Strategy including materials to share on social media to show your support for the initiative: http://www.unaids.org/wad2015/

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