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Ending AIDS by 2030 is a political choice, says UN agency

BMJ 2023; 382 doi: (Published 19 July 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;382:p1667
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

AIDS can be ended by 2030, but achieving this boils down to a “political and financial choice,” says a report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

The agency says that HIV responses succeed when political leaders follow the science, tackle inequalities, and ensure sustainable funding.1

Progress has been strongest in countries and regions that have spent the most on tackling HIV/AIDS, such as in eastern and southern Africa, where new infections have been reduced by 57% since 2010.

UNAIDS urges other countries to follow the example of Botswana, Eswatini, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, where “95-95-95 targets” have already been achieved. This means that 95% of the people with HIV know their HIV status, 95% of those who …

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