The United Nations recently adopted new targets to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. While achieving consensus has proven difficult, a global declaration endorsed in 2015 outlined priorities for the AIDS response and provides a framework for national policies. In addition to setting the path for future AIDS responses, the U.N. declaration offers leverage to pressure governments to meet their commitments. The new targets are a step in the right direction and represent an enormous opportunity for global action.
The targets, backed by the United Nations, are important for a number of reasons, including the fact that they highlight the need to reach the most vulnerable populations, including children. In sub-Saharan Africa, young women aged 15-24 are three times more likely to contract the virus than their male peers. The new targets will allow them to receive the necessary care and treatment that is essential to their overall health.
Access to affordable, effective treatment is crucial, especially in resource-poor settings. It is also important to make sure that treatment is inclusive of key affected populations and addresses psychosocial needs. By 2030, the world expects to eliminate AIDS as a public health threat. But to achieve that goal, a new approach is required. The global target to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is not achievable without addressing the root causes of the disease.
The AIDS epidemic has been dramatically improved, with nearly half of all HIV patients living in low-income countries. Almost half of all HIV-infected adults are now on antiretroviral therapy, and AIDS-related deaths have declined by 48 percent from their peak in 2005. The number of people on ART (antiretroviral therapy) has also increased. Eighty percent of people on ART are now virally suppressed, which reduces the spread of the virus. Seven countries are already meeting their 90-90-90 target.
These targets are ambitious, but not yet achievable. They require more political leadership to advocate for progressive policies that ensure the AIDS epidemic reaches those most vulnerable populations. With more political leadership, the goal to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 may be missed. But with the right political will, it is possible to reach these goals. It is vital to make sure that those who need it the most are the ones who can benefit from the services.
A vision of an AIDS-free world must include a strong global health system. The end of the AIDS epidemic should be one of the highest priorities of all nations. The United States has committed to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The new five-year PEPFAR strategy, released in early 2022, lays out a bold vision for sustained AIDS control. The goal is to eliminate HIV by 2030.
‘The 10s’ call for the removal of legal and societal barriers to accessing and using HIV services. The goal is to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, and to achieve that goal, we must focus on the end of the HIV epidemic in the coming years. It is essential to take action now to reduce the risks of the disease. ‘The 10s’ aim to achieve the goal of zero new infections by 2030 by eliminating discrimination, stigma, and poverty.
The Fast-Track strategy was launched in 2014 to stop the AIDS epidemic. It acknowledges that the HIV epidemic will outpace the response, and outlines the need to cut the number of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths by 90 percent by 2030. The 90-90-90 targets are a combination of steps to reduce the number of new infections and the AIDS-related death rate. The end of the AIDS epidemic can be achieved by reducing the number of new infections and deaths by 90 percent by 2030.
The goal of ending the epidemic by 2030 is not only a goal to achieve. It is also a goal that is achievable. By implementing the new five-year PEPFAR strategy, the United States has committed to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. In early 2022, the United States will release a new five-year PEPFAR strategy that lays out a bold vision for sustaining the epidemic. The goal of ending the AIDS epidemic is to ensure equitable access to quality and equitable health solutions.