UNAIDS-Lancet Commission make recommendations to end AIDS

25 June 2015
An HIV prevention mural in Zanzibar

A long-awaited report by leading voices on HIV makes vital recommendations about the future of the global response. The UNAIDS and Lancet Commission report highlights the importance of the next five years as a ‘window of opportunity’ to enhance interventions to end AIDS by 2030. Stopping new infections and increasing treatment access are cited as central to this, particularly in the most affected countries.

While great progress has been in made in rolling out antiretroviral treatment, the number of people becoming newly infected with HIV is still increasing too fast, and access to treatment is not evenly spread. The report warns that if we do not address these issues now, the result will be ‘catastrophic’ and progress to date could be reversed.

The report acknowledges the huge cost of stepping up the response and recommends ‘global solidarity’ on investment to ensure nobody is left behind, particularly in low-income countries with high HIV prevalence. If we are to make a difference now, resources also need to be used more efficiently and programmes be tailored to the particular needs of population groups and their location.

AVERT strongly supports the recommendations of this report. We are committed to ensuring that quality HIV information is available to all to prevent new infections. We believe that HIV testing as a crucial gateway to treatment is a central pillar of prevention and should be a right for all.

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