Joint Statement – UNAIDS, Global Fund and PEPFAR
UNAIDS, PEPFAR, and Global Fund met in September to unite around a shared understanding of the evidence and interventions needed to end AIDS in Asia and the Pacific.
The region has seen a 9% decrease in new infections since 2010. This figure reflects a mixture of success in some areas but at the same time an alarming concerning increase and resurgence in epidemics in other areas. Key populations and their partners represent 78% of all new infections, with a large proportion not accessing sufficient HIV treatment and prevention services. Across countries, substantial gaps remain in the HIV testing and treatment cascade, with only 69% of PLHIV aware of their status and 54% accessing treatment.
We applaud those countries that have made significant progress toward achieving their 90-90-90 targets. To address the HIV epidemics head-on, countries must show the political will and leadership needed to achieve impact. We all agree that renewed, increased and strategic efforts will be necessary to implement rights-based policies and programs, expand access to HIV services, and reduce HIV incidence, especially among key populations. Communities most affected by HIV must be central to our plans and decision-making processes.
For this reason, as leading international entities supporting global HIV programs, we reaffirm our commitment and cooperation to intensify the HIV response, utilizing data to guide our strategic path forward. No single entity can meet the challenges alone. With shared responsibility and mutual accountability, we will strengthen our partnership in the fight against HIV in Asia and the Pacific.