• Robert Newells

HIV prevention today: do we still need a vaccine? A community perspective

Despite tremendous advances made in the global HIV response, overall progress in HIV prevention efforts remains too slow to reach the 2030 targets. In 2019 alone, 1.7 million people acquired HIV, three times more than the UNAIDS 2020 target. About 62% of the new infections were among key populations, these are men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people and people who inject drugs, and their sexual partners, and one in four new infections in sub-Saharan Africa are among adolescent girls and young women. Ending HIV as a global health threat will require rapid scale up to near universal coverage of high impact HIV prevention and treatment interventions.

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