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Global Community Can End AIDS By 2030 With Fast-Track Strategy, UNAIDS Report Says

Media sources report on the launch of a new UNAIDS report advocating a fast-track strategy to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

Agence France-Presse: U.N. warns over threat of AIDS rebound
“…The U.N. [on Tuesday] warned the HIV virus risks spiraling back out of control unless world leaders bolster action now by agreeing to ‘fast-track’ efforts to eradicate AIDS…” (11/18).

Bloomberg Businessweek: AIDS Could Be Ended as Threat to Global Health by 2030, U.N. Says
“…Expanding treatment to 90 percent of people with HIV by 2020 from 38 percent now will help reverse the epidemic, preventing 21 million deaths and 28 million infections in the following decade, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS, wrote in a report [released Tuesday]. Maintaining current treatment levels would enable the epidemic to rebound, jeopardizing years of progress…” (Bennett, 11/18).

The Guardian: U.N. report urges rapid and tough action to beat AIDS epidemic by 2030
“…[A] failure to take rapid and tough action now will mean the current opportunity to end AIDS is lost, said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. ‘We have bent the trajectory of the epidemic,’ he said at the launch of the report at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). ‘Now we have five years to break it for good or risk the epidemic rebounding out of control’…” (Boseley, 11/18).

Reuters: U.N. says fast-track plan can end global AIDS threat by 2030
“…In its annual update on the AIDS pandemic … UNAIDS estimated that by June 2014 some 13.6 million people globally had access to antiretroviral medicines — a dramatic improvement on the five million who were getting treatment in 2010. But even that is still a way off UNAIDS’ fast-track target known as 90-90-90 — aimed at having 90 percent of people with HIV knowing they are HIV-positive, 90 percent of diagnosed people on treatment, and 90 percent of those on treatment able to use the medication to suppress the amount of virus in their bodies to a low level…” (Kelland, 11/18).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. urges ‘fast-track’ approach to end AIDS epidemic by 2030
“…The fast-track approach emphasizes the need to focus on the counties, cities, and communities most affected by HIV, and recommends that resources be concentrated on the areas with the greatest impact. In particular, the approach highlights that efforts are needed in the 30 countries that together account for 89 percent of new HIV infections worldwide. To fast-track national responses in these 30 priority countries will require extensive mobilization of human, institutional, and strategic international partners, as well as significant commitments from both national and international sources, UNAIDS said…” (11/18).

UNAIDS: UNAIDS reports that reaching Fast-Track Targets will avert nearly 28 million new HIV infections and end the AIDS epidemic as a global health threat by 2030
“…The report was launched at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), during an event hosted by David Gere, Director, UCLA Art & Global Health Center. The Executive Director of UNAIDS was joined by special guest Charlize Theron, United Nations Messenger of Peace and Founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project…” (11/18).

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