Sidibé’s Pep Talk

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.
 

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