International Community Must Continue Focus On HIV Treatment As Prevention In Order To End Epidemic
New York Times: In Africa, a Glimpse of Hope for Beating HIV
Tina Rosenberg, co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network
“…Zimbabwe is one of the world’s worst-governed countries and has suffered a staggering economic decline. But it’s doing right by people with HIV — a lot better than the United States. … If you reach [UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 goals], you end up with 73 percent of people with HIV being noncontagious. That 73 percent is the tipping point, at which the epidemic starts to burn out. … A recent survey … found that Zimbabwe is … at 60.4 percent. … Malawi and Zambia are close to the tipping point. Swaziland, the country with the highest HIV prevalence in the world, has just become the first that we know of to have achieved the target of 73 percent. … A large part of this success is due to George W. Bush, whose administration established the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, in 2004. … The budget President Trump submitted to Congress would have thrown this progress into reverse. … Both the House and Senate appropriations committees ignored him … Now we know that treatment is prevention. Do it wide and well enough, and AIDS could be defeated…” (9/19).