In the most recent UNAIDS Press Statement, UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidiblé, explains recent goals for stopping new HIV infections and how we can end AIDS by 2030. With combined efforts and the Sustainable Development Goals, our generation has the potential to end a global epidemic that has claimed millions of lives for over 30 years.
The AIDS epidemic has defined the global health agenda for an entire generation. The First AIDS-related deaths were diagnosed over 30 years ago and HIV rapidly became a global crisis. The Epidemic threatened all countries and had the power to destabilise the most vulnerable nations.
By 2000, AIDS had wiped out decades of development gains.
Today, many nations have taken great steps in getting, ahead of the epidemic. South Africa, for example, has reduced the number of new HIV infections from 600,000 in 2000 to 340,000 in 2014.
But stigma and discrimination continue to stop people accessing health care, including HIV prevention and treatment services that reduce new infections and save lives.
Our goal: End AIDS by 2030… but how do we do it?
- Restore dignity, health and hope to the people left behind in the AIDS response.
- Build robust and resilient societies ready to face future health crises.
- Serve as a beacon for what can be achieved through international solidarity and political will.
- 90% of people living with HIV to know their status.
- 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status to access antiretroviral treatment.
- 90% of people on treatment to have suppressed viral loads.
What else do we need?
- Stronger Investment
- Bold Leadership
- Increase in International Resources
A Fast-Track approach to ending the AIDS epidemic requires a set of ambitious time-bound targets, including reducing the number of newly-infected and those dying of AIDS-related illness.
Newly-infected with HIC
Dying from AIDS-related illnesses
Newly-infected and dying from AIDS
Brave decisions and new ambitious commitments need to be made – based on human rights and leaving no one behind – if we are to meet the Sustainable Development Goals of ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. AIDS is not over yet, but it can be.
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