United Nations is trying to eradicate the AIDS virus for good by the year 2030. South African actress Charlize Theron is involved in the new campaign and said that she will do her best to help end the deadly virus.
The United Nations warned about the possibility that the HIV virus might spiral out of control unless world leaders take action and agree to “fast-track” the efforts to stop the virus from spreading.
The Academy Award winner, Charlize Theron and Michael Sidibe, UNAids executive director have launched a new UN report calling for the adoption of new medium-term targets in order to counter the human immunodeficiency virus. The ideal goal is to prevent more than 21 million people from dying because of AIDS.
Mr. Sidibe said:
“We have bent the trajectory of the epidemic. Now we have five years to break it for good or risk the epidemic rebounding out of control.”
The new strategy proposed by the UN implies a “90-90-90” formula which counts as the goal for the year 2020. The strategy employs: 90% of the people infected with HIV must know their status, 90% of the HIV patients must be on treatment and 90% of the HIV patients on treatment with suppressed viral loads.
The number of HIV patients would then drop to 95% by 2030 which would mean avoiding almost 28 million new infections, the new study reveals.
The new UN strategy is also aiming to reduce the annual number of new HIV infections with more than 75% to 500,000 in 2020 and then, in 2030 to 200,000. The strategy also implies an additional target of zero discrimination against the HIV infected people by 2020.
Theron, a messenger of peace for the UN and founder of Africa Outreach Project, said about the new strategy to eradicate the HIV virus:
“When young people have access to quality HIV health and education options, they make smart choices for their futures. Let’s make sure adolescents everywhere are empowered to be part of the solution to ending this epidemic. Meeting UNAids fast-track targets will ensure no one is left behind.”
More than 78 million people have been infected with the HIV virus since 1981 and more than 39 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses.