Friday, December 1, 2017

World AIDS Day

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

Today is World AIDS Day. 

For this year's celebration, the World Health Organization (WHO) chose the theme “Everybody counts”. The United Nations chose the theme “My health, my right”, highlighting the need for universal health coverage for people living with HIV.

The latest WHO statistics indicate the 20.9 million people living with HIV are now receiving ART (antiretroviral therapy), and that 7 out 10 pregnant women are receiving ART to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV. According to Dr. Hirnschall (2017), Director for HIV and Hepatitis at WHO, HIV-related deaths have almost halved since 2005. 

Still, a synopsis of the latest United Nations statistics on AIDS indicates that: 
  • 19.5 million people were accessing antiretroviral therapy in 2016.
  • 36.7 million [30.8 million–42.9 million] people globally were living with HIV in 2016.
  • 1.8 million [1.6 million–2.1 million] people became newly infected with HIV in 2016.
  • 1 million [830 000–1.2 million] people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2016.
  • 76.1 million [65.2 million–88.0 million] people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic.
  • 35.0 million [28.9 million–41.5 million] people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic.
  • In 2016, there were 36.7 million [30.8 million–42.9 million] people living with HIV.

UNAIDS – Latest fact sheet
UNAIDS – Fact sheet with regional breakdown
WHO - World AIDS day
UN – World AIDS Day
Hirnschall, G. Dr. (2017) AIDS-related deaths have almost halved since 2005

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