If you were a young adult in the late 1980s and early 1990s, you grew up with the awareness that contracting HIV was a risk for everybody and that only your own personal behaviour could protect you from it.

In Asia and the Pacific, this notion of universal risk has changed thanks to investments in data generation and analytics; we now understand the HIV epidemic now much better and can focus on targeted interventions for key “at risk” population groups.

On World AIDS Day, it’s time to share the results of ADB’s November blog poll, which asked readers what we invest in to achieve future zero transmission of HIV/AIDS in the region.

An overwhelming majority (70%) of participants in our survey chose treatment and prevention for key population groups at risk. Much progress has been achieved in fighting HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific over the past two decades.

Progress, however, has been uneven, and is stagnating in some countries.