Posted: Thursday, July 9, 2020. 10:06 am CST.
By BBN Staff: A new report prepared by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UAIDS) says that the world was already not on track to meet the HIV response targets for 2020 and with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is “unlikely” that those targets will be met.
The report, titled “Seizing the moment,” said that the 90-90-90 goals (90 percent of positive persons receiving treatment; and 90 percent of persons on treatment adhering to the treatment regiment), which were set in 2015, have been adversely impacted by the pandemic and that the Caribbean would need to get 42,000 more people diagnosed, 61,000 on treatment and 75,000 virally suppressed by December to meet that targets.
UNAIDS Caribbean Director, Dr. James Guwani, speaking at a virtual news conference this week said that it is unlikely the Caribbean will be able to get those tasks completed given the current state of affairs caused by the pandemic.
“One hopeful finding from the report is that the Caribbean countries have what it takes to scale up HIV services and reach ambitious goals. Some countries have achieved elements of the 90-90-90 targets, while a couple others are just shy of the target,” Guwani said.
He noted that the pandemic threatens to undo the major gains the region and possibly the world has made thus far in the HIV response and warns that countries must use the lessons learned from battling the COVID-19 pandemic to bolster their national responses to HIV.
Notably, Belize was highlighted in the report as one of the countries showing consistent declines in negative attitudes towards people living with HIV, but, the report also stressed that more work needs to be done in that area.
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