HIV/AIDS Progress Slowing, Action Needed To Meet Global Goals, UNAIDS Warns In New Report

Financial Times: AIDS battle threatened by complacency, U.N. body says
“The global battle against AIDS has reached a crucial phase, with partial success in saving lives through drug therapy ‘giving way to complacency,’ according to the body coordinating the U.N. response to the disease. Reviewing the current state of the epidemic, UNAIDS has issued a ‘wake-up call’ for stronger action to prevent new infections. In 2017, 1.8m people were newly infected with HIV, bringing the number worldwide living with the virus to a record 36.9m…” (Cookson, 7/18).

The Guardian: UNAIDS chief refuses to quit over handling of sexual misconduct claims
“… ‘We have more than 15 million people waiting for treatment. We have many new infections occurring. My job is not yet done,’ said Michel Sidibé, the executive director of UNAIDS … As the agency published its latest comprehensive report on the epidemic ahead of the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam next week, he said the battle against HIV/AIDS was at a precarious stage, with progress against the rising tide of infection inadequate in many countries and money and time running out…” (Boseley, 7/18).

Reuters: U.N. says global fight against AIDS is at “precarious point”
“…[A] rapid and sustained increase in people getting treatment helped drive a 34 percent drop in AIDS-related deaths from 2010 to 2017. AIDS deaths in 2017 were the lowest this century, at fewer than a million people, the report said. But Sidibé also pointed to what he said were ‘crisis’ situations in preventing the spread of HIV, and in securing sustained funding…” (Kelland, 7/18).

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