UNAIDS sounds alarm on HIV infections “rising”
13.07.2016 08:02 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
Progress in reversing HIV has stalled among adults and infections are rising in some parts of the world, UN Radio says referring to the UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Program) Tues report.
As to the report, the new data on the global fight against HIV shows that that the virus infected more than two million people in 2015. And although overall levels of HIV infection have come down significantly in recent years, prevention «is not working» for some high-risk individuals.
As to the report, there is some significant progress in stopping HIV infection among children, by more than 70% since 2001. But, at same time, there are also worrying boosts
in new HIV infections among adults, in Eastern Europe and central Asia, as well as the Caribbean.
If left untreated, the HIV virus can develop into AIDS, which killed more than one million people in 2015.
Of the more than 36 million people living with HIV, the overwhelming majority are in Africa.
And the problem is most acute for young women in southern and eastern Africa.
«The report is showing clearly that HIV prevention firstly, HIV prevention is not working for young women in sub-Saharan Africa. They need more options. 75% of new infections among adolescents, 10 to 19 are adolescent girls in Africa,» the UNAIDS executive director, Michel Sidibé, admitted.
But more important, he said, are the problems many vulnerable people encounter getting access to the full range of HIV-preventing medicines in dozens of countries around the world.