This article was reported by TheDomincan.net.
TheDomincan.net reported on the First Latin American and Caribbean Forum on the HIV Continuum of Care, which took place in Mexico City this week. A coalition of partners organized the forum, including Mexico's Secretariat of Health, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization. The Latin American and Caribbean countries and partner organizations adopted new targets for increasing diagnosis and antiretroviral therapy (ART) and reducing patients' viral loads by 2020. According to UNAIDS estimates, in 2012, approximately 1.8 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean were HIV-positive, and there were 98,000 new infections.
The new targets, known as "90-90-90," are: increase the proportion of people with HIV who know their diagnosis to 90 percent; increase the proportion of people receiving ART to 90 percent; and increase the proportion of people under treatment who have an undetectable viral load to 90 percent. The group also agreed on a fourth target: reduce delayed diagnosis. Data showed that in many countries, one-third of patients were at an advanced stage of the disease at diagnosis.
Meeting the targets calls for expanding testing, increasing availability of tests, encouraging more people to get tested and seek treatment, expanding treatment, and promoting adherence.