Our progress towards ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 was already off track before the COVID-19 outbreak. Now this crisis has the potential to blow us even further off course.
Decades of experience in responding to HIV are being used in the response to the coronavirus. Community-led service delivery pioneered by the HIV response is helping to overcome the extraordinary impediments created by COVID-19.
Key populations continue to be left behind. Annual HIV infections among people who inject drugs have barely changed. Key populations and their sexual partners accounted for 62% of all new infections worldwide in 2019. To give one example, in eastern Europe and central Asia an estimated 48% of new infections occur among people who inject drugs.