With only a year until 2020 – and the deadline to reach the 90-90-90 targets – South Africa is dangerously off track. Currently 7.1 million people are living with HIV in the country. New HIV infections remain high, according to the Thembisa model1 at 275 000 in 2017, higher than the 231 000 estimated in the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) survey.
The global AIDS response is at a precarious point—partial success in saving lives and stopping new HIV infections is giving way to complacency. At the halfway point to the 2020 targets, the pace of progress is not matching the global ambition. This report is a wake-up call—action now can still put us back on course to reach the 2020 targets.
There are an estimated 1.9 million new HIV infections a year globally, a disproportionate number of which are among young men who have sex with men. HIV responses that are dictated from the top-down suffer from lack of ownership and community assent. We urgently need to support interventions on sexual health and rights that are innovative and strategically deployed by and for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.
The HER campaign is a collaborative platform for diverse partners to support adolescent girls and young women in countries with a high risk of HIV. Together with partners, the Global Fund has set a bold target to reduce the number of new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women by 58 percent in 13 African countries over the next five years.