In the fight against HIV, ignoring societal enablers could see new HIV infections and death estimates reach over four million by 2030. This is according to UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Eamonn Murphy.

“We need societal enablers to reach impact goals. Failure to make any progress would undermine efforts to reach the HIV service targets resulting in an additional 1.7 million AIDS-related deaths and 2.5 million additional new HIV infections between 2021 and 2030,” stated Murphy.¬†

He was speaking at the 24th International Aids conference in Montreal on Sunday.

The role of societal enablers

He said the globe would not reach epidemic transition without focusing on societal enablers and community engagement. “We will not reach epidemic transition without focusing on societal enablers and community engagement 30-80-60”, he stated.

Murphy said it is concerning that the decline in the number of new HIV infections has stagnated.

“Governments, last year, committed to 25 targets within the political declaration. Two of the targets were prevention and treatment. Gender equity, human rights, community leadership, integration, and investments were also targeted. But the decline in new HIV infections has stagnated,” said Murphy.

#AIDS2022: Societal enablers, our answer to fighting HIV

Dr Eamonn Murphy, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, highlighted the importance of societal enablers in the fight against HIV during the International Aids conference in Montreal on Sunday. (Photo: Eamonn Murphy – Twitter)