More Than Half Of People Infected With HIV On Life-Saving Antiretroviral Treatment

A young Kenyan girl takes her antiretroviral drugs- African countries have made great progress in fight against AIDS

The United Nations says the annual number of people who die from Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease (AIDS) almost halved from 1.9 million people in 2005 to one million in 2016.

"The evidence is clear: HIV treatment is hugely beneficial for people who are infected, and HIV prevention is essential to reduce the numbers of new infections", Warren said.

New infections among children nearly halved from 300,000 in 2010 to 160,000 a year ago, said the report. "Around 30 percent of people living with HIV still do not know their HIV status, 17.1 million people living with HIV do not have access to anti retroviral therapy, and more than half of all people living with HIV are not virally suppressed". By the same time, 90 percent of all people diagnosed with HIV will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90 percent of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

In its latest global report on the pandemic, which has killed around 35 million people worldwide since it began in the 1980s, the UNAIDS agency said there were particularly encouraging signs in Africa, a continent ravaged by the disease.

"There were less than 1,000 new HIV infections among children in the Caribbean in 2016". The year 2016 saw 1.8 million new infections, nearly half the record number of some 3.5 million in 1997, said UNAIDS.

It said an estimated 8000 people died from AIDS-related causes in Myanmar in 2016, a 52pc decrease from 2010.

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.

A new UNAIDS report has revealed that for the first time, more than half of people living with HIV around the world are taking treatment.

In a new report, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that resistance to the drugs used to treat HIV is on the rise.

In 2016 the figures were 70%, 77% and 82% respectively.

UNAIDS Country Director Mamadou al Sakhu said his organisation would fully support Punjab in its dedication regarding control of AIDS/HIV and also extend support in effective implementation of HIV legislation once passed.

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

They include Middle East and North Africa and in eastern Europe and central Asia.

It said that 88pc of women living with HIV in Myanmar were accessing services for the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission. The UNAIDS 2016-2021 Strategy is one of the first in the United Nations system to be aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals, which set the framework for global development policy over the next 15 years, including ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

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