AIDS fight falters, report says
The annual number of AIDS-related deaths has dropped below 1 million for the first time, according to a new report published by UNAIDS. However, progress is still too slow and as a result, 2020 HIV targets might not be reached. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Though the number of AIDS-related deaths has decreased in 2017, this is not enough to successfully tackle the pandemic.
The UN program on AIDS is sounding the alarm a week ahead of the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam on 23-27 July.
The organisation recently published a report titled “Miles To Go”, in which it makes a mixed assessment of the fight against the 20th century’s biggest pandemic.
The report highlights some notable successes: three out of four people living with HIV know of their status now. The number of people on treatment now reaches 21.7 million, an additional 2.3 million have had access to treatment since 2016.
In some of the countries most affected by the pandemic, treatment of people living with HIV has made remarkable progress. In South Africa, where only a hundred of people were treated in 2001, “they are now 4.3 million [treated] today,” said Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, during an interview on France Info.