The Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini (GKoE) remains the country with the highest HIV prevalence in the world, with nearly 1 in 3 adults (15 and older) living with HIV. Over the last decade, the expansion of HIV testing and increase in the number of individuals living with HIV on antiretroviral treatment has demonstrated substantial progress in the nation’s HIV response.
Providing the latest update on the status of the epidemic, the final report and results of the second Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS2) were commissioned by the government and disseminated on May 9, 2019, at a meeting in Ezulwini. The launch of a new survey, SHIMS3 2020, was also announced and preparations are underway for its completion by World AIDS Day 2020.
At the meeting, Ms. Lisa Peterson, the United States Ambassador to Eswatini, acknowledged the successful implementation of SHIMS2, including progress towards 90-90-90 targets and dedicated work of the GKoE’s treatment programs. “Through the findings of SHIMS1 and SHIMS2, Eswatini has provided evidence that epidemic control of HIV is possible,” she noted.