The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Caribbean and Latin American countries have set new regional targets aimed at reducing by 75 percent new HIV infections in adults and young people by 2020.

During the second Latin American and Caribbean Forum on the HIV Continuum of Care in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, PAHO said the region also agreed to “guarantee a coordinated and comprehensive approach to HIV prevention, and achieve an environment of zero stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and the populations most affected by the epidemic.”

These targets also include access to combination HIV prevention packages for 90 percent of transsexuals, gay men and other men who have sex with men and sex workers by 2020.

It is estimated that around two million people are living with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean and that in 2014 there were about 100,000 new HIV infections in the region.

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