U.N. Agencies Outline Progress, Challenges On Road To Ending AIDS
Science: For World AIDS Day, an urgent call for more attention to men and boys
“…[T]his 1 December there’s also a loud lament about treatment shortcomings within a surprising demographic: boys and men. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has bluntly titled its new report Blind Spot and notes in its first sentence that focusing on boys and men may seem ‘counterintuitive’ given the gender inequalities that often put girls and women at a disadvantage when it comes to infection and treatment. But data speak. Overall, more than 20 million of the 37 million HIV-infected people in the world now receive antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, which both save lives and prevent transmission. But in people 15 years of age or older, ARV coverage of males is only 47 percent compared with 60 percent for women…” (Cohen, 11/30).
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Among children, AIDS epidemic is far from over, UNICEF finds
“Eighteen children every hour were infected with HIV last year, a sign of scant progress in protecting the world’s young from the deadly AIDS-causing virus, the United Nations’ children’s agency said on Friday. At the current rate of infection, there will be 3.5 million new cases of HIV among adolescents by 2030, according to projections in the 2017 UNICEF Statistical Update on Children and AIDS…” (Wulfhorst, 11/30).
U.N. News Centre: World AIDS Day: If everyone, everywhere realizes right to health, epidemic can be defeated, says U.N.
“The world will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — which include the target of ending AIDS by 2030 — without people attaining their right to health, the United Nations said Friday, marking World AIDS Day with a strong appeal for the full realization of this fundamental right by everyone, everywhere…” (12/1).