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World on track to reach the 90-90-90 targets for HIV treatment by 2020
Keith Alcorn, 2017-07-23 17:50:00
The world is on track to reach global targets for
reducing AIDS deaths and HIV treatment access by 2020, but some regions of the
world risk falling further behind due to lack of political commitment, UNAIDS
announced in the run-up to the 9th International AIDS Society Conference
on HIV Science (IAS 2017), which opened today in Paris.
More than half of all people living with HIV (53%) now have access to
HIV treatment and AIDS-related deaths have almost halved since 2005, UNAIDS
reports in Ending AIDS: progress towards the 90–90–90 targets.
The 90-90-90 targets endorsed by governments
in 2014 call for 90% of people to know their HIV status, 90% of people with
diagnosed HIV infection on treatment, and 90% of people on treatment to be
virally suppressed. If all these targets can be met, AIDS deaths can be cut
dramatically and new infections will begin to fall.