“The world has delivered on halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic. Now we must commit to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon (UNGA 2015)

The global AIDS epidemic has been halted and reversed however AIDS is not over.

AIDS is an unfinished business. Big challenges remain to end the epidemic at the global level and this is true also for ASEAN Member States.

Impressive progress has been made in ASEAN Member States in the region; there is an overall downward trend in HIV prevalence among the key populations groups. However, some ASEAN Member States report increasing HIV prevalence among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) . Some ASEAN Member States also continue to report high HIV prevalence among female Commercial Sex Workers (CSW).

The scaling up of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) has been remarkable in most of ASEAN Member States. However, there is much more to be done to increase access to treatment and to reduce the treatment gap in the region.

Currently domestic funding for HIV is below the threshold of 50% in 5 out of 9 ASEAN Member States reporting . Only approximately 30% of prevention expenditures are spent on key populations for the epidemic.

We must Fast-Track the AIDS response within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals to end the epidemic as a global health threat by 2030. This means reaching UNAIDS 90-90-90 Fast-Track Targets by 2020;

• 90% of key populations for the HIV epidemic have access to combination prevention services;
• 90% of people living with HIV know their HIV status;
• 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status are on antiretroviral treatment and
• 90% of people on treatment have suppressed viral loads, ensuring they remain healthy and reduce the risk of HIV transmission; and
• 90% of people living with and affected by HIV report no discrimination, especially in the health education and workplace settings.

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