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A campaign to end AIDS by 2030 is faltering worldwide

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The ambitious campaign to “end AIDS” by 2030 is badly off track, officials said at the International AIDS Conference here last week. Funding for efforts to slow the spread of HIV by treating all infected people has flatlined, and many countries, for a host of reasons, can’t or won’t mount aggressive responses. “We will not be able to meet the prevention goal,” said Michel Sidibé, director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Geneva, Switzerland. “We have a prevention crisis.”

The news is especially poignant given that other studies presented at the meeting underscored the power of testing and treating entire communities to dramatically slow HIV’s spread. The “incredible successes” in a few countries “really show you what can be done with resources, focus, and partnership,” said Chris Beyrer, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

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