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Community-based antiretrovial therpy delivery

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Geneva:UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS , 2015

At the end of 2013, 12.9 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART)
globally; that same year, the percentage of people with HIV receiving ART rose to
37% (up from 10% in 2006) (1). While this marks a significant improvement, it means
that of the 35 million people living with HIV at the end of 2013, 22 million people 3 in 5 people living with HIV—were not accessing ART. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 24.7 million (or 71%) of the global total of people living with HIV. Although there are significant differences among countries, treatment access in the region is at 37%, the same as it is globally, and 87% of people living with HIV in the region who know their HIV status are receiving ART. This indicates that the removal of barriers to testing and knowing one’s status is critical, as are continuous efforts to improve how people living with HIV are linked to treatment and supported to remain in care and continue treatment once it has begun.