US President Barack Obama has announced a new domestic strategy to focus on the prevention of AIDS.
The plans aims to cut the infection rate by 25%, test 90% of those infected (opposed to the current 79%) and have 85% of patients treated immediately.
There is also a goal to cut the transmission rate, which currently stands at 5%, to 3.5%.
The US Food and Drug Administration is expected to make the review of new HIV diagnostic tests a top priority as a result, while also targeting behaviour and education.
These changes expand on the current US plan to fight AIDS globally – the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – which had been criticised for only promoting abstinence-based education.