The AIDS targets of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6, halting and reversing the spread of HIV, has been achieved and exceeded, according to a new report released on Tuesday by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
The UN agency announced that the goal of 15 million people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2015 has been met nine months ahead of schedule adding that by 2030, the HIV epidemic would have been ended under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to the report, “New HIV infections have fallen by 35 per cent and AIDS-related deaths by 41 per cent, the global response to HIV has averted 30 million new HIV infections and nearly 8 million (7.8 million) AIDS-related deaths since 2000, when the MDGs were set.”
“The world has delivered on halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic,” said Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. “Now, we must commit to ending the AIDS epidemic as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.”