Measures to an AIDS-free generation outlined

Published: December 5, 2014

IPP Media
Prosper Makene
Original Article:

As the world nears the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), there is strong global consensus that tools now exist to enable the world to end the HIV/Aids.  Thus, Fast-track Targets have been established for the Post-2015 era, which transform the vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths to concrete milestones and end-points… 

UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania, Alvaro Rodriguez explains the Fast-Track Targets in Tanzania as being ‘90-90-90,” meaning that by the year 2020 there will be 90 percent of people living with HIV knowing their status, 90 percent of people who know their status receiving treatment and 90 percent of people on HIV treatment having a suppressed viral load so their immune system remains strong and are no longer infectious.  He however said by the year 2030, fast track target will reach 95-95-95.

The country has doubled the proportion of children receiving anti-retroviral medicines but the number is still very low. Several vulnerable groups such as street children, long distance truck drivers, miners and fishermen remain at high risk of HIV infection. Key populations who are at higher risk of HIV include people who use and inject drugs, men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and prisoners.

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