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Inside Namibia's HIV success story

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    Inside Namibia's HIV success story
    By Sophie Edwards // 14 August 2018

    AMSTERDAM ? Facing one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world, Namibia has become the first country in Africa to have more than three-quarters of its HIV-affected population virally suppressed ? and insiders are crediting political commitment, good data, and community-centered HIV programs for the remarkable achievement.

    According to the results of Namibia?s first ever population-based HIV survey, known as NamPHIA, the country exceeded many of the 90-90-90 targets set by UNAIDS in 2014. The targets call for countries to get 90 percent of people living with HIV diagnosed; 90 percent of those diagnosed accessing treatment; and 90 percent of people on treatment to have suppressed viral loads by 2020.

    Most significantly, 77 percent of people living with HIV in Namibia are now classed as virally suppressed, which means they cannot pass the virus on to someone else. This is higher than the 73 percent target set by UNAIDS ? and three years ahead of schedule...