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HIV Response Unit: By 2030, No One Should Die of AIDS

by: - December 20, 2019
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                                Lester Guye, National HIV/AIDS Response Unit

The HIV/AIDS Response Unit says it is taking very seriously its mandate to eliminate HIV/AIDS by 2030.

The United Nations 2016 Political Declaration calls on the world to achieve specific goals in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Those goals are to reduce new HIV infections to fewer than 500 000 globally; to reduce AIDS-related deaths to fewer than 500 000 globally and to eliminate HIV-related stigma and discrimination- all by the year, 2020.

Acting Coordinator of the HIV/AIDS Response Unit, Lester Guye details, “By 2020, the world should be at the 90/90/90 level.”

He explained that, “90% of people in the country who are HIV positive should know their status. Out of that percentage, 90% of them should be on anti-retroviral medication and out of that group, 90% of them should be virally-supressed.

“That is also a prevention method. It means that once you are in care and virally-supressed, even if you are sexually-active and a condom should break or you decide to take a chance with your partner, the possibility of transmitting the disease is extremely low.’

Guye hopes that “by 2030, which is a decade from now, no one should be dying of AIDS.”

He says in 2030, if the goals are met, the virus may still exist but no death should result.