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PEPFAR: US invests over $100bn in fight against HIV/AIDS in 20 years

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 The United States has invested over $100 billion in the global fight against HIV/AIDS and supported more than 20.1 million people on HIV treatment in over 50 countries globally under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which marked its 20th anniversary on January 28, 2023.

This is as the relief plan, which operates in over 50 countries, has invested $7.8 billion to ensure that all Nigerians living with HIV/AIDS had comprehensive access to quality HIV prevention, care, and treatment services.

A statement issued by the US embassy in Nigeria, Sunday, stated that PEPFAR was the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history and represents the best of American values.

“Over the past 20 years, the United States has invested over $100 billion in the global fight against HIV/AIDS and supported more than 20.1 million people on HIV treatment in over 50 countries globally.

“Our two decades of investments have changed the course of the HIV pandemic by controlling it without a vaccine or a cure. Through PEPFAR, we have laid the groundwork for the eventual eradication of HIV.

“In Nigeria, PEPFAR has disbursed over $7.8 billion to ensure that all Nigerians living with HIV/AIDS have comprehensive access to quality HIV prevention, care, and treatment services. This investment translates to providing over 1.9 million Nigerians with access to antiretroviral treatment (ART).

“Today, Nigeria is on the cusp of HIV epidemic control and is approaching the global “95-95-95” goals defined as: 95 per cent of people with HIV know their HIV status, 95 per cent of those with diagnosed HIV infection are accessing treatment, and 95 per cent  of those receiving treatment have achieved an undetectable viral load. Our commitment to end HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 is an ambitious but achievable goal,” the state read.

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