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Increased Efforts To Treat, Prevent HIV Needed Worldwide To Thwart AIDS Resurgence, UNAIDS-Lancet Commission Report Says

News outlets highlight findings from a UNAIDS-Lancet Commission report titled Defeating AIDS — Advancing Global Health.

Agence France-Presse: Five-year window for preventing AIDS rebound: experts
“High rates of HIV infection combined with rapid population growth mean the next half-decade will be critical for rolling back AIDS, specialists warned on Thursday. … A report compiled by UNAIDS and The Lancet medical journal, with the support of leading figures in the 34-year war on AIDS, called for the disease to be given high priority in the U.N.’s post-2015 development goals…” (Ingham, 6/24).

Reuters: Drastic acceleration of HIV fight needed to stop AIDS resurgence
“… ‘We must face hard truths — if the current rate of new HIV infections continues, merely sustaining the major efforts we already have in place will not be enough to stop deaths from AIDS increasing within five years in many countries,’ said Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a lead author of the report. … ‘Expanding access to treatment is essential, but we will not treat ourselves out of the AIDS epidemic,’ he said, adding that HIV prevention is just as important…” (Kelland, 6/24).

UNAIDS: World must drastically accelerate AIDS efforts or face more HIV infections and deaths than five years ago — says UNAIDS and Lancet Commission
“…While there is scope in many countries for greater shared responsibility by increasing funding for HIV, the report clearly shows the urgent need for substantial global solidarity to front-load investments. The need for investment is particularly acute in low-income countries with a high HIV burden…” (6/24).

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