For the rst time since the beginning o the AIDSepidemic, we have an historic opportunity to lay the groundwork to achieve zero new inections,zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-relateddeaths. One o the clearest lessons in global healthis that victory can only be achieved through activepartnership. For us to win, it is essential that wemove together to support countries to achievetheir goals. Getting to zero requires commitment,innovation, sound science, and community-centered strategies. A determination to embraceand respect human rights is critical i we are toreach those most vulnerable to HIV inection.As we now have the tools to achieve universalaccess to HIV testing and treatment, we mustunite around the principle that every person whoneeds HIV treatment should receive it. By strategically ocusing HIV treatment and otherproven prevention tools on the key geographicsettings and populations where rates o transmission and unmet need or HIV servicesare high, we can signicantly bend downwardthe rate o new inections.
provides a results-drivenramework to expedite and greatly expandcoverage. With less than 1000 days beore the endo 2015, much work remains to be done. TeWHO’s new 2013 guidelines on
Te Use of Antiretroviral Drugs for reating and Preventing HIV Infection
recommend a CD4
o 500 or initiation o HIV treatment.As an important step towards getting to zeroAIDS
related deaths, countries should beencouraged to prioritize immediate eforts toensure that all people eligible or HIV treatmenthave access to it.Te rapidly evolving evidence base or HIVtesting and HIV treatment raise a number o technical issues. Yet the most important actor o all is the commitment we each bring to the AIDSresponse. o end the AIDS epidemic, we mustwork together. Only through partnership,beginning with leadership o the countriesburdened by HIV and supported by thecollective determination o all stakeholders, canwe reach our common goal.
Ambassador,United States GlobalAIDS Coordinator
Executive DirectorTe Global Fund toFight AIDS, uberculosisand Malaria
Director-GeneralWorld Health Organization