Halfway to 2020, Miles to Go

Deaths are falling, and a record number of people are taking antiretrovirals—but new infections, persistent stigma, and funding shortfalls threaten to unravel progress in the global fight against HIV, according to a UNAIDS report.
 
Almost 3 in 5 people infected with HIV—21.7 million globally—took ARVs last year. Still, about 15 million, mainly in parts of the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, go without the drugs. Infected children and teenagers are particularly vulnerable; 50% have no access to treatment.
 
To meet global goals for testing and treatment by 2020, the UN needs $7 billion more annually. The report was released before next week’s International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam.
 
Agence France Presse

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