Caribbean countries are being urged to build on the gains of their HIV responses to end AIDS as a public health threat in a new UNAIDS global HIV report released ahead of World AIDS Day, which will be celebrated on December 1st.

UNAIDS says that its new Fast Track Strategy is geared toward helping the world achieve its commitment to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN body says that the new global HIV report, titled ‘Focus on Location and Population’, demonstrates the value of targeting the people and places with the highest HIV risk as part of an approach to dramatically reduce HIV transmission.

At the centre of the strategy is new science which shows that early and full HIV treatment reduces the risk of HIV transmission by 96 per cent.

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