Fast-Tracking the HIV/AIDS Response in Myanmar

On 1 December 2015, join us on the Fast-Track to end AIDS.
Update – Press Release
YANGON, 1 December 2015 — Progress in responding to HIV over the past 15 years has been extraordinary. By June 2015, UNAIDS estimates that 15.8 million people were accessing antiretroviral therapy, compared to 7.5 million people in 2010 and 2.2 million people in 2005. At the end of 2014, UNAIDS estimates that new HIV infections had fallen by 35% since the peak in 2000 and AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 42% since the 2004 peak. In Myanmar, powerful momentum is building to end the AIDS epidemic. Government leadership in the past three years led to an unprecedented eight-fold increase of resources for HIV by the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health has also allocated additional contributions of US$ 5 million for HIV care and treatment, including antiretroviral therapy in 2015. This brings the total number of people on ARVs in Myanmar to 101,000 people as of September this year, double the number from three years ago. While these are remarkable achievements, a number of challenges remain. More robust behavioural and prevalence data gathered by the Ministry of Health from surveys among people who inject drugs; men who have sex with men; and sex workers and other assessments provide evidence that the prevention response is lagging behind. “Myanmar is winning on many fronts, particularly on scale-up of HIV treatment – but we must intensify the prevention response. The number of new HIV infections in Myanmar has still not reduced to the targeted level. In order to end the AIDS epidemic in Myanmar so that HIV no longer represents a major public health threat, we must significantly reduce the number of new infections per year.” Mr Eamonn Murphy, UNAIDS Country Director. The next five years present a window of opportunity to fast track the national HIV response. In the new HIV Strategic Plan, Myanmar will strive to achieve these targets: • 90% of key populations having access to combination prevention services; • 90% of people living with HIV knowing their status; • 90% of people living with HIV and knowing their status receiving treatment; • 90% of people on treatment achieving viral suppression; and • 90% of key populations and people living with and affected by HIV reporting no discrimination. More information is available at: http://www.unaids.org/wad2015/ Media contacts: Mr. Eamonn Murphy, Country Director, UNAIDS Myanmar + 95(1) 504832, 503816