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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.
Nearly $US1.3 billion has been spent on the promotion of abstinence and faithfulness programmes by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in sub-Saharan Africa, with no significant impact on sexual behaviour, or reduction in HIV incidence. These disappointing results came from an analysis of sexual health data from 14 different countries where PEPFAR programmes are implemented, and were presented at last week’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015).
HIV remains a major health concern in the European Union (EU) and European Economic Areas (EEA), states last week’s European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) report, Annual epidemiological report, sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and blood-borne viruses 2014.