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(RED)-FUNDED GRANTS SUPPORT A RANGE OF HIV/AIDS PROGRAMS 

 
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LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW (RED) IS MAKING AN IMPACT IN AFRICA

IT TAKES MORE THAN MEDICATION TO END AIDS

Medication is a key piece of winning this fight, but it’s not the only piece. (RED)-funded grants support a diverse range of life-saving HIV/AIDS programs, including prevention, testing, counseling, and treatment services, sexual reproductive health education, peer mentorship programs, and much more.

 
 
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HIV Prevention

HIV prevention has come a long way with advancements in science, technology, and innovative solutions. Several methods and interventions have proved highly effective in reducing the risk and preventing HIV infection including condoms, the use of antiretroviral medicines as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), voluntary male medical circumcision (VMMC), behavior change interventions, scaling up sexual reproductive health education, and the treatment of people living with HIV to reduce viral load and prevent onward transmission. However, despite these successes, there are still nearly 1.7 million new infections annually of a preventable disease. In order to end the epidemic, the world needs to apply increased funding and focus towards HIV prevention programs.

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Testing & Treatment

In order to be treated for HIV, you need to know you have it. A key driver to ending the AIDS epidemic is ensuring that all HIV-positive people know their status and have access to treatment services. Today, of the 38 million people living with HIV worldwide, 81% know their status and 67% have access to antiretroviral treatment. If properly adhered to, ARV treatment, which costs as little as 20 cents a day, not only keeps an HIV-positive person alive and healthy, but also reduces the risk of transmission. There’s been incredible progress in scaling up access to testing and treatment services and as a result, AIDS-related deaths have halved since their peak in 2003, and new infections among children have declined by more than two thirds since 2000.

 
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PREVENTION OF MOTHER TO CHILD TRANSMISSION

Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV is a crucial piece to ending AIDS by 2030. Worldwide, 85% of HIV-positive pregnant women are receiving antiretroviral treatment for PMTCT, a huge scale up from only 45% accessing in 2010. Despite this progress, we need to ensure that every mother living with HIV has access to life-saving treatment—and stays on treatment— to prevent the risk of passing on the virus to her baby during pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. Of the 200,000 HIV+ women who still aren’t accessing treatment to prevent MTCT, over 90% of these women are in sub-Saharan Africa.

 
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Education & Empowerment

Only 1 in 3 young people has accurate knowledge about HIV prevention and transmission. As a result, an adolescent is infected with HIV roughly every 3 minutes. While a lack of education is a real challenge, stigma and discrimination also undermine access to basic public health services. With increased awareness and better access to education programs in at risk communities, young people are becoming a driving force behind achieving an AIDS free generation by 2030.

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WomEn & girls

Women and girls are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. Women and girls account for 20.1 million of the 38 million people living with HIV globally. Factors like poverty, gender inequality, gender-based violence, and insufficient access to education and sexual and reproductive health services put young women and girls at an increased risk of infection. Nearly 800 young women contract HIV every day and in sub-Saharan Africa, young women are more than twice as likely to contract HIV than young men.