International AIDS Conference Begins Amid Concerns Over Complacency In Treatment, Prevention Efforts, Funding

ABC News: New report from U.N. warns we have ‘miles to go’ in fight against HIV
“…HIV infection[s] are on the rise in 50 countries with more than 1.8 million people becoming infected in 2017, a far cry from goals established for the near future, according to a new United Nations report. The report, entitled ‘Miles to Go,’ published [last] week by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, says the pace of progress in saving lives and preventing new infections is ‘not matching the global ambition’…” (Bracho-Sanchez, 7/21).

Agence France-Presse: ‘Dangerous complacency’ looms over world AIDS meeting
“Thousands of experts and activists descend on Amsterdam Monday to bolster the battle against AIDS amid warnings that ‘dangerous complacency’ may cause a resurgence of the epidemic that has already killed 35 million people. … A report this week by UNAIDS and the Kaiser Family Foundation, … found that after two years of declining global funding, donor payments to low- and middle-income countries rose 16 percent to $8.1 billion (seven billion euros) last year. But it cautioned this was no cause for celebration, as the trend was ‘not expected to last’…” (7/20).

VOA News: Eastern, Southern Africa Most Affected by HIV Epidemic
“A report by UNAIDS, ‘Miles to go — closing gaps, breaking barriers, righting injustices,’ warns that the global response to HIV is at a critical point. Eastern and southern Africa remain the regions most affected by the HIV epidemic, accounting for 45 percent of the world’s HIV infections and 53 percent of people with HIV globally…” (Ombour, 7/21).

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