Report: On the Fast-Track to end AIDS by 2030
The latest UNAIDS report notes 15.8 million people were on antiretrovirals as of June and encourages more countries to heed the World Health’s Organisation’s call to roll out the “test and treat” approach.
The latest UNAIDS report also estimates that new HIV infections have fallen by 35 percent since HIV incidence peaked in 2000. Meanwhile, AIDS-related deaths have fallen by about 40 percent since such deaths peaked in 2004.
The roll out of HIV treatment also means people living with HIV are living longer. By the end of 2014, UNAIDS estimates that about 37 million people worldwide were living with HIV.
In line with previous calls by the body for countries and communities to know their epidemics, the report focuses on information at national, local and community levels and provides examples from more than 50 communities, cities and countries using innovative approaches to reach people with comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment services.
The report highlights how high-impact prevention and treatment programmes, such as those offering pre- exposure prophylaxis, voluntary medical male circumcision (MMC), as well as sexual and reproductive health services to both general and at-risk populations are being successfully implemented across the globe.
The report includes specific South African examples from Khayelitsha, where paediatric care has been scaled up in the Western Cape and Gauteng, where NGOs have supported the roll out of MMC. It also notes the South African Breweries’ increased roll in condom distribution.
In the report UNAIDS identifies 35 Fast-Track countries that account for 90 percent of new HIV infections. The body argues that focusing on location and population and programmes that deliver the greatest impact will reap huge benefits by 2030, including adverting 21 million deaths, 28 million new infections as well as about 6 million infections among children.