October 13, 2022
On July 31, 2022, the Government of Botswana and U.S. Government partners celebrated Botswana’s HIV Response Achievements at the 24th International AIDS Conference in Montreal, Canada with Ambassador John N. Nkengasong, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy.
Results from the fifth Botswana AIDS Impact Survey (BAIS V) show that Botswana has exceeded UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets, which call for 95 percent of all people living with HIV to be aware of their status, 95 percent of those aware of their status to be on antiretroviral treatment (ART), and 95 percent of those on ART to achieve viral load suppression.
Among adults (those 15-64 years) in Botswana living with HIV, 95.1 percent were aware of their status, 98 percent of those familiar with their status were on ART, and 97.9 percent of those on ART achieved viral load suppression. BAIS V also showed that HIV prevalence among adults is 20.9 percent: 15.4 percent among men and 26.3 percent among women.
These results show tremendous progress towards achieving control of the HIV epidemic and demonstrate the extraordinary impact of the national HIV response. In the coming decade, Botswana is well-positioned to eliminate HIV as a public health threat by 2030.
BAIS V was a nationally representative household-based survey conducted between March and August 2021 to provide information on national and district-level progress toward key HIV targets and to measure Botswana’s HIV response status.
BAIS V was led by the Government of Botswana, through the National AIDS and Health Promotion Agency, Botswana’s Ministry of Health, and Statistics Botswana. The survey was conducted with financial support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), technical assistance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore in collaboration with other government and non-government institutions. Since 2004, the United States has invested over $1 billion in Botswana through PEPFAR.
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