Batswana join global search for HIV cure

In the beginning: From the original ABCs, the fight against HIV has moved through ARVs and is now evolving to the search for a cure
In the beginning: From the original ABCs, the fight against HIV has moved through ARVs and is now evolving to the search for a cure

Nearly 330,000 Batswana are living with HIV, with more than 95% of them aware of their status, on ARVs and having achieved viral load suppression. Rather than being content with the available treatments, citizens are helping the world find a cure and three research studies are ongoing locally. Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI reports

After making international headlines for becoming only the second country in the world to achieve the UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets, Botswana could be forgiven for resting on her laurels for a little bit.

After all, achieving the targets is a milestone victory in the four-decade long fight against HIV/AIDS, a battle that has cost thousands of lives and billions of Pula. Announced nearly a decade ago as a way of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, the United Nation’s 95-95-95 targets challenge all nations to ensure that by 2025, 95% of all people living with HIV know their status, 95% of those who are diagnosed are on ARVs, and 95% of those who are on ARVs have viral load suppression.

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