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Test and treat studies and African countries showing that 90-90-90 targets are achievable
Roger Pebody, 2015-07-20 00:10:00
Health services in some African countries including
Botswana, Rwanda and Malawi are now providing effective HIV treatment to a
greater proportion of their HIV-positive citizens than the United States and
other rich countries. Meanwhile, some of the first data to come from large
African studies examining the population impact of treatment as prevention
approaches suggest that the objectives of testing and treating 90% of those
eligible can be achieved.
These encouraging findings were presented to the
International HIV Treatment as Prevention Workshop in Vancouver yesterday, in
advance of the larger HIV conference that is being held in the city this week.
Michel Sidibé, executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme
on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) told the workshop that his organisation’s ambitious
targets of having 90% of people tested, 90% of people with HIV treated and 90%
of those on treatment with a suppressed viral load were achievable – so long as
there is political commitment and leadership.