Malawi unveils plans to graduate to new strategy to end AIDS

Malawi plans to graduate to 95:95:95 HIV/AIDS targets from 2020 to 2025, a senior health official has disclosed.

The move comes as the 90:90:90, an ambitious testing and treatment strategy to end the AIDS epidemic comes to end.

The set target for the strategy is that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

Secretary for Heath Dr Dan Namarika stold YFM that the new 95:95:95 HIV/AIDS targets will carter for an estimated 300,000 people who do not know their status but are living with HIV.

The targets will ensure by 2030, 95 percent of people living with HIV know their HIV status; 95 percent of people who know their status are receiving treatment; and 95 percent of people on treatment have suppressed viral loads.

Malawi has one of the highest HIV prevalences in the world despite the impressive progress the country has made in controlling its HIV epidemic in recent years.

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