South Africa Aims to End AIDS by 2030
Experts described the goal of South Africa to end AIDS in 2030 as "ambitious," expressing concerns on how to reach that goal.
In the recent International AIDS conference held at Durban International Convention Centre, in Duban early this week, the United Nations declared its goal to reach what it calls, "90-90-90" by 2020. In this project, UNAIDS, the U.N. agency overseeing AIDS in Africa, hopes to enjoin 90 percent of infected people to test their status; 90 percent of those diagnosed HIV positive start treatment with ARVs and that 90 percent of the infected people will be able to drive down the amount of virus in their bloodstream to "undetectable" levels.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has spearheaded the grand campaign to end AIDS epidemic in 2030, looking at the disease "as a global public health threat."
Observers expressed doubts that South Africa may reach the goal in over 10 years. The nation has a recorded 6.6 million HIV- infected people. The figure is approximately 18 percent of the world's total number of people infected with what was earlier known as "incurable disease."
Despite the grim forecast in South Africa, PBS Newshour reported that the country has made a great development in its fight against HIV/AIDS. Records show that only the rich South Africans had access to ARVs in 2000, the last time South Africa hosted HIV-AIDS international conference. The price of the ARV back then cost about $5,000 and not too many could afford to prolong their lives. Today, the price of the ARV has dramatically dropped to $100 and statistics show that around 3.4. Million HIV-infected people are receiving ARVs treatment.
HIV/AIDS researcher Glenda Gray of the South Africa’s Medical Research Council in Cape Town explained that the country has spearheaded innovate ways to ensure people get their ARVs. The grand campaigns of the U.N. against the disease provide measures to ensure that people will stay on the treatment until the virus drop down on their bloodstreams. South Africa has become a “hub of cutting-edge basic research and clinical trials.”