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World Meets MDG Of Treating 15M People Living With HIV; U.N. Says AIDS-Free Generation Possible With Increased Investments

News outlets highlight findings from a new UNAIDS report, titled “How AIDS changed everything — MDG6: 15 years, 15 lessons of hope from the AIDS response.”

Agence France-Presse: Ban says world on way to ‘generation free of AIDS’
“U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world was headed for a ‘generation free of AIDS,’ after UNAIDS reported a 35 percent drop in new HIV infections from 15 years ago…” (Lebhour/Pedrero, 7/13).

BBC News: HIV: U.N. meets goal to treat 15 million
“The goal to get HIV treatment to 15 million people by the end of 2015 has already been met, says the United Nations AIDS agency. The landmark figure was reached in March — nine months ahead of schedule…” (Roberts, 7/14).

The Economist: HIV infections and deaths still in decline
“…Equally important, this progress looks likely to continue. The $22 billion reckoned necessary to keep the show on the road this year will probably be raised successfully…” (7/14).

Financial Times: 8M saved by efforts to combat AIDS but U.N. calls for more action
“…International investment of about $22bn in anti-AIDS programs this year must rise to $31.9bn by 2020 to meet the target of ending the epidemic by 2030, according to UNAIDS, which coordinates the global effort…” (Ward, 7/14).

The Guardian: People with HIV live almost 20 years longer than in 2001
“…But despite the increased access to treatment, experts have warned that AIDS could make a dramatic comeback if governments don’t increase funding and expand access to drugs over the next five years. ‘We have a fragile five-year window. We have bent the AIDS curve, but we haven’t broken it,’ [UNAIDS Executive Director Michel] Sidibé said…” (Anderson, 7/14).

Reuters: Goal to end AIDS epidemic by 2030 ‘ambitious but realistic’ — U.N. chief
“…One of the most remarkable successes has been reducing new infections among children by 58 percent between 2000 and 2014, the agency said. This has been achieved by ensuring women with HIV receive medicine to prevent them from passing on the infection when they give birth…” (Migiro, 7/14).

ScienceInsider: New report card on global HIV/AIDS epidemic
“…The 515-page report by UNAIDS includes new estimates of infections for each country, ‘lessons of hope,’ details on shortcomings, and essays from health officials, politicians, disease advocates, and celebrities. … In concert with the report’s release, UNAIDS has added a new ‘data visualization’ feature to its website that graphically displays detailed information about each country” (Cohen, 7/14).

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