Guterres: Global HIV/AIDS response still "lagging behind" despite progress
04.12.2017 08:02 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
As of last week, while making a a statement to mark World Aids Day (celebrated annually Dec 1), UN Secretary-General António Guterres said despite major progress on ending the AIDS epidemic, parts of the global response to battling the HIV virus are still «lagging behind», UN Radio reports.
As to the report, Guterres said that men were less likely to know if they were living with the virus, and therefore less likely to seek treatment, than women.
Reportedly, he called for a renewed commitment to «finish what we have started» and make AIDS a disease of the past.
«The Secretary-General praised the progress made on ending the epidemic and said the world is on track to provide access to HIV treatment to 30 million people by 2020. However, he added that some parts of the world are lagging behind, with women and girls in Africa being most at risk, and he called for a renewed commitment to make AIDS a thing of the past,» UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric admitted.