Barbados is on track to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030, according to UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé .

The country has already reached the testing pillar of the 90–90–90 target, with 92 per cent of people living with HIV being aware of their status.

The Ministry of Health has reported that for six years in the past decade no babies have been born with HIV, paving the way for the country to work towards being validated by the World Health Organization as having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

During a visit to Barbados earlier this month, Sidibé congratulated the country on the progress made in the national AIDS response.

Barbados Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steve Blackett, reaffirmed the country’s commitment to fast-tracking the AIDS and noted that in the new phase, Barbados is addressing the social determinants that support HIV transmission, including intergenerational poverty and transactional sex.

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