Advocates from amfAR and AVAC on what needs to happen now to end the AIDS pandemic
:UNAIDS announced this week that the annual number of new HIV infections worldwide has fallen by one-third since 2001. This welcome news is evidence that the past decade of sustained global attention and funding for HIV prevention and treatment has had a real impact.
Improvements Needed in Addressing Global Pediatric HIV
Despite ambitious efforts to prevent global mother-to-child (MTC) HIV transmission, 210,000 new pediatric HIV cases in 2012 were added to the existing 3.4 million children living with the virus. Just 24 percent of children eligible to receive ARVs actually do, compared with 65 percent of eligible adults.
AIDS-related deaths and HIV-related disability are still on the rise in 22 percent of the 182 countries that have documented AIDS cases. This is largely because these countries have low numbers of HIV cases or because their epidemics are relatively young. However, there are countries with large epidemics in which the AIDS death rates have no indication of abating, including Russia, Ukraine and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
AS OF NOW: Nearly 10 Million People Worldwide Have ARV Access
The numbers of people accessing antiretroviral therapy increased by 1.6 million from 2011 to 2012.
Here’s some info on UNAIDS statement regarding the biggest year on year increase of ARV access in AIDS history.
CEOs Seek End to HIV Travel Bans Worldwide
More than 40 chief executive officers from major companies have signed a pledge urging 45 countries to lift their travel restrictions on people with HIV.
U.N. Women Join UNAIDS as a Cosponsoring Partner
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is the eleventh U.N. body to join the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) as a cosponsoring partner, according to an UNAIDS statement. The cosponsorship, which was recently approved at an UNAIDS board meeting, will further strengthen the UNAIDS work on gender equality and HIV and enhance collaboration with governments, international partners, women’s organizations and the women’s rights movement. Gender equality and respect for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, especially for women living with HIV, are essential to successfully combat HIV/AIDS. The virus continues to be the leading cause of death in women of reproductive age.
From Sean Strub’s POZ Blog: At a meeting in Oslo, Norway, this week, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé was characteristically frank in his comments prior to viewing my short film, HIV is Not a Crime, and hearing comments from Robert Suttle (who is featured in the film). Sidibé’s honesty is one reason why he is so widely respected.
"I was shocked, I am Executive Director (of UNAIDS), I am supposed to be very committed to all the human rights issue and trying to push this agenda… and I’m not even knowing a minimum of those unacceptable things that are happening around me. It was shocking for me and upsetting to hear the stories of Nick and Robert" said Mr. Sidibé.
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A World Free of HIV?
Michel Sidibé explains how UNAIDS’s new goal of zero new HIV infections, zero HIV-related discrimination and zero deaths from AIDS are all within reach. Click here to read more.