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GLOBAL: UN: World Failing to Meet HIV/AIDS Targets




 

Associated Press (04.30.12) - Tuesday, May 01, 2012

A new report to the UN General Assembly warns that the target of halting and reversing the global HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2015 may not be met. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's briefing noted that around $15 billion was available for HIV/AIDS efforts in 2010, but an estimated $22 billion to $24 billion will be needed by 2015 to meet the UN's goal.

"It will be impossible to achieve global targets without sufficient financial resources," said Ban, urging the international community "to now stand up to meet the commitments it has made." Approximately 34 million people were living with HIV/AIDS as of December 2010, about half of them females, the report says. "Sub-Saharan Africa remains most heavily affected, accounting for 68 percent of all people living with HIV and 70 percent of all people newly infected in 2010." While new infections are down from record levels in 1997, "HIV incidence is rising in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, in the Middle East and North Africa, and in certain Asian countries." In 2011, more than 7 million people with HIV/AIDS in low- and middle-income countries were receiving antiretroviral treatment. The UN aims to more than double that figure to 15 million by 2015; to halve both the number of people infected through sex, to 1 million annually, and the number infected through injecting drug use, to 120,000 a year; and to largely eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.



 


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