Government launches 90-90-90 AIDS program
National AIDS council (Conavihsida) director Victor Terrero announced the start of the implementation of the National Strategic Plan for Combating Sexually-Transmitted Diseases (STDs), HIV and AIDS 2015-2018 in the presence of President Danilo Medina, Vice President Margarita Cedeno and First Lady Candida Montilla.
Terrero announced that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS would be providing US$17 million towards fighting these diseases in the next three years.
He said the funds are being received thanks to Conavihsida’s track record during the past years. Work will be focused on the GLBT community, one of the most vulnerable groups.
Terrero said the country would be implementing the UNAIDS program’s 90-90-90 initiative. The target is for 90% of all people living with HIV to be aware of their HIV status by 2020 and for 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV infection to receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, as well as for 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy to have viral suppression.
He said that the target for the next three years is for universal access to education, prevention and care services for the control of STDs, HIV and AIDS.
He highlighted the need to eliminate the stigma and discrimination with the approval of a law by Congress. Terrero added that while at a national level the prevalence of AIDS is 0.8%, in some population groups it could be as high as 8.9%.
Terrero stressed the significant contributions made by the UNAIDS, PEPFAR/USAID, CDC, UNFPA, UNICEF and Pan-American Health Organization programs.
Source: DR1, Elnacional
April 18, 2015
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