To end the AIDS epidemic, we need to see “brave decisions and new ambitious commitments” at the UN High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS this week in New York, writes the UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé.
Combined domestic and international resources need to grow by about 1/3 to $26.2 billion to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of eliminating HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
It’s a worthy fight, he says, as HIV infectious are actually increasing in some regions, less than 1/2 of the world’s 36.7 million HIV-positive people are accessing treatment, and AIDS-related illnesses persist as the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age globally.
In a piece for STAT, Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx—also drive home the point that we have the tools to end HIV/AIDS, if only global leaders can summon the will.
Anthony Fauci, NIAID director, and Deborah Birx, ambassador-at-large and coordinator of the US government activities to combat HIV/AIDS, recall the earliest days of the epidemic, and how they watched tools for treatment and prevention evolve.