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The AIDS pandemic claimed around 36 million lives between 1981 and 2016, and a similar number around the world currently live with the HIV virus.The 90-90-90 program aims to ensure that by the year 2020, 90 percent of all HIV-infected individuals know that they are infected (the first 90); 90 percent of all those who know they are infected are receiving ARV treatment (the second 90); and 90 percent of all those receiving ARV treatment successfully suppress the HIV virus in the blood.If 72 percent of those infected today can no longer infect others, the HIV/AIDS epidemic will be curtailed. Indeed, if 90-90-90 in 2020 becomes 95-95-95 by the year 2030, the proportion of HIV-positive individuals that cannot infect others would rise to 86 percent. Sixteen years ago, business as usual meant almost no treatment of poor people with AIDS, because financing was not available.As of 2016, roughly half of all HIV-positive individuals are on ARV treatment, far short of the 90 percent target.
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