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HIV/AIDS Efforts Must Be Stepped Up To Maintain Progress, UNAIDS-Lancet Commission Study Says

Financial Times: U.N.-backed report warns against complacency in fight against AIDS
“…[Peter Piot, the] director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said the world must step up its battle against HIV if the big advances of recent years are not to be squandered. High quality global journalism requires investment. He was speaking as co-chair of a U.N.-backed commission on AIDS whose latest report said there were ‘impressive achievements’ against the disease but warns that progress is fragile, with signs of complacency and even resurgent levels of infection in some population groups…” (Ward, 6/25).

The Guardian: HIV epidemic will rebound dramatically without more funding, warn experts
“The world could see the HIV epidemic rebound dramatically if countries fail to increase funding and expand access to drugs in the next five years, according to a major report. The analysis, by the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission, highlights a ‘fragile window of opportunity’ for maintaining progress on curbing deaths and infections and suggests that progress made during the past decade could easily be reversed…” (Devlin, 6/25).

U.N. News Centre: New U.N. study calls for major surge in AIDS treatment to avoid ‘catastrophic’ resurgence of HIV
“…According to the findings of the study released [Thursday] by the Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and famed medical journal, The Lancet, sustaining current HIV treatment and prevention efforts in the most affected African countries over the next 15 years would require at least a third of total government health expenditures, emphasizing the growing need for continued international support for these countries…” (6/25).

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