While Gains In HIV Testing, Treatment Have Been Made, Global 90-90-90 Targets Unlikely To Be Met, UNAIDS Says
UNAIDS: 90-90-90: good progress, but the world is off-track for hitting the 2020 targets
“…Globally, there have been remarkable gains across the HIV testing and treatment cascade. At the end of 2019, 81% of people living with HIV knew their HIV status, and more than two thirds (67%) were on antiretroviral therapy … Gains in treatment effectiveness, as well as increases in the number of people who know their status and are on treatment, are reflected in the fact that viral load suppression levels among all people living with HIV increased by 18 percentage points between 2015 and 2019. Almost 59% of people living with HIV globally had suppressed viral loads in 2019. However, achieving the 90-90-90 targets results in a minimum of 73% of people living with HIV having suppressed viral loads, so the global target for the end of 2020 is unlikely to be met. The COVID-19 pandemic also could have an impact on viral load. Early modeling showed that a severe disruption in HIV treatment could result in additional AIDS-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa…” (9/21).