AIDS Fight, Interrupted

2019 saw the lowest number of HIV-related deaths since 1993—but despite substantial progress, the global AIDS fight is set to miss 2020 targets as COVID-19 threatens “to blow us completely of course,” according to UNAIDS’ executive director, Winnie Byanyima, AP reports.
Children in particular are missing out, warns the WHO/UNAIDS report released yesterday.
The survey found: 

  • 73 countries risk of running out of HIV medicines

  • 840,000 children and teens with the virus are missing out on life-saving drugs

  • Infections are down 23% since 2010—progress, but the goal was 75%

  • New infections are down in Eastern and southern Africa but are up 20% in Latin America since 2010; 72% in eastern Europe and central Asia

The only answer: redouble efforts. “We can’t risk backsliding, as the progress to date is too precious not to preserve,” says Eric Goemaere of MSF-South Africa.

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