Easy as HTC! Accelerating HIV Testing Policy and Programs Towards 95-95-95 Goals!
HIV testing services (HTS) remain central to global efforts to mitigate the spread of HIV and reduce morbidity and mortality linking PLHIV to anti-retroviral therapy. Rapid diagnostics and testing services have expanded access to HIV services, and HTS evolved from a prevention to a clinical paradigm. Over 15 years, while the numbers of PLHIV has risen, the proportion with known status has increased dramatically from 10% to 76% globally and 21 million are now receiving HIV treatment. UNAIDS established 90-90-90 goals on rates of diagnosis, treatment coverage, and viral suppression, but meeting these targets and beyond require new ways of programming. This session will explore the history and development of this public health intervention through data, programs and evidence. In small groups, we will explore strategies for achieving global goals of closing the gap and achieving 90% of PLHIV diagnosed through innovative programming, new technologies, and data use, including partner notification testing, HIV self testing, reaching key populations and more.