African nations have made significant progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and are determined to end the epidemic. CDC reported that South Africa has made considerable progress towards the UNAIDs goal of 90-90-90 by 2020 (90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained treatment, and 90% of all people receiving treatment will have viral load suppression), however, the country is not there yet.
According to WHO, there were an estimated 38.4 million [33.9–43.8 million] people living with HIV at the end of 2021, two-thirds of whom (25.6 million) are in the WHO African Region. There is no cure for HIV infection. However, with increasing access to effective HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care, including for opportunistic infections, HIV infection has become a manageable chronic health condition, enabling people living with HIV to lead long and healthy lives.
HIV can be diagnosed through rapid diagnostic tests that provide same-day results. This greatly facilitates early diagnosis and linkage with treatment and care. HIV infection can be detected with great accuracy using WHO-prequalified tests within a nationally approved testing strategy and algorithm.
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