UNAIDS deputy executive director Dr Luis Loures has said that the global HIV epidemic could be a thing of the past by the year 2030 during a meeting in Panama to discuss strategies to contain the virus.
‘I think that 2030 is a viable target to say that we have reached the end of the epidemic,’ Loures, a medical doctor of three decades, was reported to have said by Agence France-Presse.
‘We can get to the end of the epidemic because we have treatments and ways to control the infection … We are making progress, without a doubt.’
Loures said there would still be people living with HIV but improvements in treating the virus would make new transmissions rare.
However Loures said that if vulnerable groups like sex workers, men who have sex with men and intravenous drug users were not reached out to in all parts of the world then the virus would continue to be a problem.
‘If we do not succeed in controlling the epidemic among these groups, AIDS will stay with us.’
Loures has been tasked with leading UNAIDS’ efforts in leveraging support to countries to meet their 2015 global AIDS targets and establish sustainable responses to HIV.
UNAIDS will be releasing its 2013 Global Report later today and will report a 52% reduction in new HIV infections among children and a combined 33% reduction among adults and children since 2001.