On December 1, 2018 the World celebrated the 30th World AIDS Day. Since many people infected with HIV do not know their status, the theme for this year’s celebration was “Know your Status.”
The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Central Asia made a commitment to achieve the global 90-90-90 goals by 2020: 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90% of all people with a diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy; and, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. Kazakhstan has made tremendous efforts in reaching these goals. Though there is still a lot of work ahead, Kazakhstan is on the path to preventing new HIV infections and deaths.
In Central Asia, Kazakhstan has the highest percent of awareness among People Living with HIV (PLHIV) – 86% of people aware of their HIV status.
Kazakhstan is also the only country in Central Asia that purchases all lifesaving antiretroviral medicines through the state budget. Between 2015 and 2018, Kazakhstan was able to double access to lifesaving antiretroviral therapy (ART) for PLHIV without patients needing to pay anything. As of September 30, 2018, Kazakhstan provided ART to 13,513 PLHIV compared with 5,353 PLHIV in 2015.
“The goal of antiretroviral therapy is to keep people living with HIV from becoming sick, and to prevent passing the virus to others through suppressing the virus to undetectable levels. In 2018, the number of people living with HIV with a suppressed virus load increased in Kazakhstan by 65% (from 5,146 on September 30, 2017, to 8,521)”, said Perry Killam, acting coordinator of PEPFAR in Central Asia.
The United States Mission to Kazakhstan and PEPFAR are proud to collaborate with the Ministry of Health, National Scientific Center for Dermatology and Infectious Diseases (NSCDID, former Republican AIDS Center), and Civil Society in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
PEPFAR is the U.S. government’s response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, which represents the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history. PEPFAR has saved and improved millions of lives, accelerating progress toward controlling and ultimately ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat. In Central Asia, PEPFAR is managed by the regional office headquartered in Almaty, Kazakhstan. For more information, please visit www.pepfar.gov, and follow PEPFAR on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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