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Sweden has done it first, becoming the first country to reach the UNAIDS/WHO 90-90-90 targets. Researchers in Sweden published a paper in HIV Medicine in August where they have shown that by the end of 2015:

  • 90% of HIV Cases in Sweden were diagnosed
  • 8% of people with HIV were linked to care
  • 95% of people taking antiretroviral for at least 6 months were undetectable

Researchers used data from the Swedish infCare HIV Cohort Study that contained data on 6946 individuals by the end of 2015. Surveillance data from the Swedish Public Health agency showed that 90% of people in Sweden living with HIV had been diagnosed


Reasons for Sweden’s Success:

  • Small size of the epidemic.
  • Legislation that obliges laboratories and clinicians to report new HIV cases and patients to keep follow-up appointments.
  • Linkage of patients to specialist treatment centers with multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Free access to ART.
  • High level of adherence to national guidelines by care providers; since 2014, these guidelines have recommended ART for all HIV-positive people.


The complete article can be found at AIDSMAP


Reference: Gisslén M et al. Sweden, the first country to achieve the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)/World Health Organization (WHO) 90-90-90 continuum of HIV care targets. HIV Medicine, online edition. DOI: 10.1111/hiv.12431 (2016).

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