By taking a fast-track approach in the battle against AIDS over the next five years, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said on Tuesday that it hopes 21 million lives will be saved.
The UNAIDS also hopes to have a cure for AIDS by 2030.
In its report, “Fast-Track: Ending the AIDS Epidemic by 2030,” the group discussed a set of targets it intends on reaching over the next six years using a 90-90-90 plan, which includes 90 percent of people living with HIV knowing their HIV status, 90 percent of those with HIV receiving treatment and 90 percent of people on treatment with suppressed viral loads.
“We have bent the trajectory of the epidemic,” Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, said. “Now we have five years to break it for good or risk the epidemic rebounding out of control. If we invest just $3 a day for each person living with HIV for the next five years, we would break the epidemic for good. And we know that each dollar invested will produce a $15 return.”
The fast-track approach focuses on the counties, cities and communities most affected by HIV, and pushes for resources to be used there as the top priority, as well as decreasing the number of new HIV infections annually by more than 75 percent, to 500,000 in 2020, with no instances of discrimination.
In 2013, UNAIDS estimated that 35 million people worldwide were living with HIV, while 2.1 million were newly infected and 1.5 million died from AIDS-related causes.