95-95-95: Botswana scores the goal

Researchers (July 27) announced that Botswana, a southern African country of 2.3 million people, has become the second country in the world to achieve the 95-95-95 goals set by the Joint United Nations Program on AIDS to eradicate the HIV epidemic, They welcomed the “amazing results”. That is, 95% of people living with HIV know their HIV status, 95% of people who know they have HIV have access to treatment, and 95% of people receiving treatment have no viral load. can be discovered. “Botswana is making historic new progress in the fight against HIV,” said Sharon Lewin, president of the International AIDS Society (IAS). The study concluded that Botswana “is well placed to end the HIV epidemic by 2030. Put simply, these are truly exceptional results.” About one in five people in the country currently live with HIV – one of the highest rates in the world. Botswana thus joins another South African country, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), which met the target in 2020. The study’s lead author and a virologist on behalf of the Botswana government, Madisa Main, said.

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