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UNAIDS does not see AIDS disappear, if …

The hope is to live - as triple therapy. © UNAIDS / DR.

(Blogmensgo, November 28, 2011) UNAIDS noted in its report published on September 21, 2011 PDF that 34 million people worldwide were living with HIV / AIDS at the end of 2010, an increase of 3.3% in one year and 17% in ten years. This is good news, since this figure demonstrates both greater effectiveness of triple therapy and more widespread use of antiretroviral drugs.

"We are on the verge of a breakthrough in the response to AIDS. "Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director, announced his optimism at the outset. According to him, and subject to "move from a fragmented approach in the short term response to long-term strategic investments that are accompanied by the height," it is not forbidden to consider the eventual disappearance of HIV / AIDS.

Several indicators accredit the victory of man over the pandemic, although there are still black spots. Thus the annual rate of new HIV infections he fell 21% between 1997 and 2010, the number of AIDS deaths has also fallen back by 21% since 2005. It was still, for 2010 alone, still 2.7 million new HIV infections and 1.8 million deaths due to HIV / AIDS.

At the same time, sub-Saharan Africa, the continent most affected, increasing ART coverage of 20% between 2009 and 2010, while at the same time certain population groups, such as those "men who have sex with men and transgender people, "began to change their behavior and strategies for protection.

Nearly half (47%) of HIV positive people now receiving antiretroviral treatment in developing countries. But this same statistic is less than 20% in 17 countries in which poverty is generally considered (Madagascar, Sudan) but in some cases rather relative (Latvia, Tunisia). In developing countries, half of the infected are unaware of their HIV status, which is an obstacle to reducing HIV / AIDS.

The UNAIDS set itself a target of "zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths" in 2015. This will include the elimination, by then, of new HIV infections in children.

Comment. Perhaps this is due to a cursory reading, but I have not seen the report in 2011 mentioned the disastrous policies openly homophobic here and there. It is likely that some countries make up  and down their statistics on HIV / AIDS, especially where homosexuality is condemned to death. Makeup doubly guilty, because not conducive to a minimum of prophylaxis.

This article has been translated from the original article on our French blog.  To view the original article click here.

Philca & Matt / MensGo

(via all thé press, and Le Monde of 21 november 2011)

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