AIDS-related deaths decline

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 25, 2017

Scales have tipped for the first time in the fight against AIDS as more than half of all people living with the HIV virus now have access to treatment, while AIDS-related deaths have almost halved since 2005, said the report by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS, "Ending AIDS: Progress towards the 90¬-90-90 targets".

Not only are new HIV infections and deaths declining, but more people than ever are on life-saving treatment, according to data published ahead of an AIDS science conference opening in Paris on Sunday.

UNAIDS also said there were about 36.7 million people with HIV in 2016, up slightly from 36.1 million the year before.

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.

"We met the 2015 target of 15 million people on treatment and we are on track to double that number to 30 million and meet the 2020 target", UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said.

Unchecked, it destroys the immune system, causing Aids.

"As we bring the epidemic under control, health outcomes are improving and nations are becoming stronger".

Since 2010, AIDS-related deaths in the region declined by 42 per cent.

The agency has set a series of goals known as the 90-90-90 targets.

Progress towards the 90¬-90-90 targets, gives a comprehensive analysis of the 2014 targets to accelerate progress so that by 2020, 90 per cent of all HIV-infected people know their status, 90 per cent of all HIV-diagnosed people are accessing antiretroviral therapy (ART) and 90 per cent of those taking ART are virally suppressed.

New infections among children have fallen sharply meanwhile, and since 2010 they have been cut nearly by half, from 300,000 to 160,000 in 2016.

In contrast, progress against the targets has been poor in the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where AIDS-related deaths have pointedly risen.

Over 10,000 people had caught the virus in 2016 and 29 per cent of them were infected through drug injections and about 70 per cent through sex, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.

The report goes on to say that countries are continuing to start treatment as early as possible, knowing that it's a proven way to help prevent new infections.

The organisation said on July 20 that HIV-related deaths had fallen by 52 per cent in the past six years thanks to the government's annually increased budget and boosted efforts to tackle the blood-borne disease with the cooperation of many groups.

These 10 countries together accounted for more than 95 per cent of all new HIV infections in the region in 2016.

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