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What will it take to end AIDS as a threat?

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 30, 2017   /  10:41 am
What will it take to end AIDS as a threat? The annual number of new infections has fallen from 61,000 in 2010 to 48,000 in 2016.  (Shutterstock/File)

As I watch my 5-year-old daughter play with her friends, I pray that by 2030, when she turns 18, Indonesia will reach the 90-90-90 targets: 90 percent of people living with HIV know their status; 90 percent of those who know their HIV status are on ARV treatment and 90 percent of those on ARV treatment are virally suppressed. 

Indonesia has joined the global commitment to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. 

As UNAIDS reported earlier this year, AIDS-related deaths have been cut by nearly half from the 2005 peak. We are seeing a downward trend in new HIV infections. Almost 20 million people are now accessing antiretroviral therapy.

Indonesia will commemorate World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 by adopting the gold-standard policy of treat all: everyone who tests HIV positive will be eligible for ARV treatment initiation right away, with...

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