The new UNAIDS report out today—an epidemic update—highlights key strides made in HIV prevention.
New HIV infections have been reduced by 17% over the past eight years, the new UNAIDS data shows, including declines in sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and elsewhere. The report also says that the number of AIDS-related deaths has dropped by more than 10 percent in the last five years and estimates some 2.9 million lives have been saved by global HIV treatment initiatives.
“We cannot let this momentum wane,” said Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO, according to a press release accompanying the report. “Now is the time to redouble our efforts, and save many more lives.”
Despite these gains, the document says prevention efforts are lagging behind changes in the epidemic, failing to reach key populations, including sex workers and injecting drug users. Read the full report here or the press release here.