The report reveals progress in the decline of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths as well as an increased access to treatment globally, as “50% of people who are eligible for antiretroviral therapy now have access to lifesaving treatment.”
It also stated that HIV prevalence among young people has declined due to changes in sexual behavior over the years.
Below is an excerpt of UNAIDS press release:
Declines in new HIV infections are also being spurred by changes in sexual behaviour, particularly in young people, as people reduce their numbers of sexual partners, increase condom use and are waiting longer before becoming sexually active. HIV prevalence declined among young people in at least 21 of 24 countries with national HIV prevalence of 1% or higher. Five additional countries, Burkina Faso, Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo have seen HIV prevalence decline by more than 25% between 2001 and 2010 among young people.
“Even in a very difficult financial crisis, countries are delivering results in the AIDS response.” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “We have seen a massive scale up in access to HIV treatment which has had a dramatic effect on the lives of people everywhere.”
UNAIDS has mapped a new framework for AIDS investments which are focused on high-impact, evidence-based, high-value strategies.
“The investment framework is community driven not commodity driven. It puts people at the centre of the approach, not the virus,” said Mr Sidibé.
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