The Hong Kong Advisory Council (ACA) on AIDS today announced the “Recommended HIV/AIDS Strategies for Hong Kong (2017-2021)”. The strategy announces targets by the end of 2020 to achieve the following objectives:
90% of key populations access HIV combination prevention services;
90% of people living with HIV know their HIV status;
90% of people diagnosed with HIV receive antiretroviral therapy; and
90% of people who are on treatment achieve viral load suppression
AIDS Concern considers the vision of the Hong Kong Advisory Council is a big step forward to inspire and can play a positive role in fighting HIV/AIDS in Hong Kong.
We support that vision and work with the government and the community to achieve it.
Last week the Department of Health announced that the number of new HIV infection cases in the first quarter of 2017 was the highest since record began in 1984, with the numbers of young people living with HIV increasing. The targets cannot be achieved without pushing faster on new innovations such as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and sexuality education for young people.