In Uganda, some men reported they would rather avoid knowing their HIV status and receiving life-saving treatment because they associated being HIV-positive with emasculating stigma. One study in South Africa showed that 70 percent of men who had died from AIDS-related illnesses had never sought care for HIV.
Nearly 1 million women are becoming infected with HIV every year and only half of all women living with HIV have access to lifesaving treatmentmaking AIDS now the leading cause of death worldwide among women between the ages of 30 and 49.
The 90-90-90 global target refers to ensuring that 90 of all people living with HIV know their status, 90 of all people diagnosed with HIV receive ARVs, and 90 of all people receiving ARVs have viral suppression by 2020.
The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDs UNAIDs in Uganda has expressed optimism that Uganda is likely to eliminate the number of children getting HIV transmitted from their mothers at birth by the end 2015.
The campaign is derived from a fact that while major advances have been made in almost every area of the response to HIV, progress for adolescents is falling behind; making AIDS the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa. Up to 2.1 million adolescents are living with HIV, according to data released last year.