Global HIV/AIDS Progress ‘Inadequate And Fragile,’ U.N. SG Ban Says, Urging Improved Access To Treatment, More R&D

Associated Press: Global AIDS gains ‘inadequate and fragile,’ U.N. chief says
“Actress Charlize Theron, singer Elton John, and Prince Harry are joining researchers, activists, and policymakers at a global AIDS conference in South Africa this week to debate ways to better treat and prevent the disease. The gains the world has made against AIDS are ‘inadequate and fragile,’ U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters Monday. More than half the people around the world infected with HIV, or 20 million people, still don’t have access to treatment, he said…” (7/18).

U.N. News Centre: Addressing AIDS conference in South Africa, Ban calls for scaling up global response
“… ‘To end this epidemic, we must close the gaps that keep people from accessing services and living with dignity. We have to expand resources, science, and services,’ [Ban] added, stressing the need to protect and promote the rights of people living with HIV, gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, people who inject drugs, and prisoners. ‘When we do this, we can end stigma and discrimination, prevent the spread of HIV, and save lives,’ he added…” (7/18).

Washington Post: United Nations chief: Progress in fighting AIDS is ‘inadequate — and fragile’
“…Ban also took the scientific community to task for the lack of research on neglected and rare diseases. Tuberculosis, he noted, is the leading cause of death for people living with HIV, but there haven’t been any new medications to treat it in years. In essence, Ban’s words were a plea against complacency, and he emphasized how important it is to look at AIDS in the context of other global health threats…” (Cha, 7/18).

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