Global 2020 HIV targets off-track

To achieve the goal of providing 25 million voluntary medical male circumcisions (VMMCs) by 2020, programmes in southern and eastern Africa would need to reach an additional 15 million men and adolescent boys, according to the 2019 Global AIDS Update from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Avert reports that the VMMC goal is one of the many global HIV targets unlikely to be met by 2020. Reductions in the annual number of new HIV infections appear to have stalled, and the resources available for the global response to HIV declined for the first time in 2018, from $19.6 billion in 2017 to $19 billion in 2018 (Avert, 9 August 2019).