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9/24/2013 (6 months ago)

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Number of people getting treatment for disease climbing higher

Expanding access to treatment, chiefly protease inhibitors, has greatly reduced the number of HIV/AIDS related deaths worldwide, according to a new report from the United Nations. In addition, the worldwide rate of HIV infection has been dramatically reduced. The report was released earlier this week.

Some 9.7 million people in poorer and middle-income countries had access to such AIDS drugs by the end of 2012, which is an increase of nearly 20 percent in a year.

Some 9.7 million people in poorer and middle-income countries had access to such AIDS drugs by the end of 2012, which is an increase of nearly 20 percent in a year.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/24/2013 (6 months ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: United Nations, HIV/AIDS, rates of infection, drugs, goals


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - AIDS/HIV now infects around 35.3 million people worldwide. The good news is that UNAIDS reports that deaths from AIDS and HIV infection rates are falling.

AIDS-related deaths in 2012 fell to 1.6 million, down from 1.7 million in 2011 and a peak of 2.3 million in 2005. And the number of people newly infected with the disease dropped to 2.3 million in 2012 down from 2.5 million in 2011.

The human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the virus that causes AIDS can be transmitted via blood, breast milk and sexual transmission. The disease can now be kept in check with cocktails of drugs known as anti-retro-viral treatment or therapy.

Some 9.7 million people in poorer and middle-income countries had access to such AIDS drugs by the end of 2012, which is an increase of nearly 20 percent in a year.

According to the U.N. report said, there has been a 52 percent drop in annual new HIV infections among children and a 33 percent reduction in newly infected adults and children combined since 2001.

United Nations member states agreed in 2011 to a target of providing HIV treatment to 15 million people by 2015. The World Health Organization set new guidelines this year, expanding the number of people needing treatment by more than 10 million.

"Not only can we meet the 2015 target of 15 million people on HIV treatment, we must also go beyond and have the vision and commitment to ensure no one is left behind," Michel Sidib, UNAIDS' executive director says. The international community should aim to surpass the 2015 goal, he added in a statement alongside the report.

The UNAIDS report found that despite a flattening in donor funding for HIV, which has remained near 2008 levels, individual countries' domestic spending on the epidemic has increased, accounting for 53 percent of global HIV resources in 2012.

Total funding for the global fight against HIV and AIDS in 2012 was $18.9 billion, about $3 billion to $5 billion short of the estimated $22 billion to $24 billion needed annually by 2015.

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