On Saturday, September 26, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced ambitious new HIV prevention and treatment targets as part of the United Nations meetings on Sustainable Development Goals – calling for the end of the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
PEPFAR has set specific targets for preventing new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women aged 15 to 24. The targets also include ensuring access to lifesaving antiretroviral therapy for 12.9 million children, pregnant women and adults by the end of 2017.
More specifically, PEPFAR’s newly announced targets aim to reduce HIV incidence among adolescent girls and young women by 40 percent by the end of 2017 in PEPFAR focus areas across 10 countries—Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. These 10 countries accounted for nearly half of all new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 2014. The commitments also include the provision to cumulatively reach up to 13 million men with voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention by the end of 2017.
CDC is a key partner in PEPFAR, providing support to more than 60 countries as part of the initiative -- the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease internationally.
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