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19,5 million people on life-saving HIV/Aids treatment - UNAIDS

22 July 2017

The UN report said the number of people living with HIV who were accessing life-saving antiretroviral therapy in Myanmar had increased four-fold since 2010, to 57 percent of an estimated 230,000 people in 2016.

However, progress towards the 90-90-90 targets has been inadequate in the Middle East and North Africa and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Meanwhile, the gains made with the Ante Retro Viral (ARV) drugs which is used to manage persons living with HIV may be lost, if nothing was done urgently to address the rising resistance of the virus to available medications.

The WHO HIV drug resistance report 2017 shows that mathematical modelling shows an additional 135,000 deaths and 105,000 new infections could follow in the next five years, if no action was taken, adding that HIV treatment costs could increase by an additional US$650 million (N260 billion) during the period time.

"Another positive note is that the scale has tipped and more than half of all people (52 per cent) living with HIV in the region are on antiretroviral therapy".

The wider availability of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment has led to almost one third reduction in AIDS-related deaths since 2010 in the region.

The report shows that, globally, new HIV infections are declining, but not at enough pace to meet global targets by 2020.

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More than 36 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, and 53 percent of them are getting the necessary therapy, which gives them a life expectancy closer to normal, according to the BBC. The annual number of new HIV infections in Asia and the Pacific has declined 13% over the last six years, it added.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today expressed disappointment in the trend at UNAIDS to release estimates of the number of people living with HIV that seem inflated.

UNAIDS Country Director Mamadou al Sakhu said his organisation will fully support Punjab for their dedication to the cause of HIV/AIDS and will also extend support in the effective implementation of the HIV legislation, once passed.

In 2016 the figures were 70%, 77% and 82% respectively.

At least 62,000 AIDS-related deaths occurred in 2016, compared to 150,000 in 2005-a 58.6% fall.

They include Middle East and North Africa and in eastern Europe and central Asia.

Three-quarters of pregnant women with HIV also now have access to drugs that prevent their babies from becoming infected. The UNAIDS 2016-2021 Strategy is one of the first in the United Nations system to be aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals, which set the framework for global development policy over the next 15 years, including ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. "Declining worldwide resources will hamper our ability to reach the 17 million people who still need treatment".

19,5 million people on life-saving HIV/Aids treatment - UNAIDS