Aids Deaths Halve As More Get Drugs

A midwife provides information about AIDS to pregnant women in Benin

A midwife provides information about AIDS to pregnant women in Benin

More than half of all people infected with HIV are now using drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations revealed in a report released on Thursday, July 20.

UNAIDS expressed concern about two regions with worsening AIDS trends: the Middle East-North Africa, and eastern Europe-central Asia.

Deaths linked to AIDS have dropped by half in the past decade, according to a new report.

The latest progress report from UNAIDS shows significant strides towards achieving the 90-90-90 targets, with 70% of people living with HIV now aware of their HIV status. Two million people living with HIV is too high a number.

It states that past year, 19.5 million of the 36.7 million people living with HIV had access to treatment and Aids-related deaths have fallen from 1.9 million in 2005 to one million in 2015.

"There were less than 1,000 new HIV infections among children in the Caribbean in 2016".

"The Affordable Care Act has actually been incredibly important in helping even more people access care, treatment and prevention with respect to HIV", Warren said. Since 2010, AIDS-related deaths in the region declined by 42 percent.

More than half of people in the world are now under treatment, and the number of new HIV infections has continued to decline, but at a pace still too slow, according to these data, released before the opening Sunday in Paris an worldwide conference of aids research.

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In Kenya, for example, an analysis in 2014 found that 65% of new HIV infections occurred in just nine of the country's 47 counties.

Unless something is done, drug-resistant virus strains may infect an extra 105,000 people and kill 135,000 over the next five years, and boost treatment costs by $650 million, said the World Health Organization (WHO). Of those, 77 percent were on treatment, and 82 percent had virus suppression.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has commended the report and told EWN that while progress has been made to stop the spread of HIV and Aids, there's still much work to be done.

However, greater scale-up of evidence-based prevention and more domestic resources for prevention, including needle, syringes and condoms, are needed to achieve the national targets on HIV prevention.

And among the most significant impacts of a vast scale-up of HIV testing, treatment and prevention programs, has been in the reduction of AIDS-related deaths, which have dropped by nearly half since 2005.

East and Southern Africa, Western and Central Europe, North America, and Latin America are all on track to reach the 90-90-90 targets by 2020.

The report also points out that only 43% of children infected with HIV have access to antiretrovirals, compared with 54% of adults. "There are many areas from infection control to stigma and discrimination against patients that need to be addressed", said Dr Adnan Zafar.

There are still one third of HIV positive persons who are unaware of their status and are spreading the virus.

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