It's clear that the HIV epidemic the world faces today is not the
same as when it peaked in 1996. The number of people living with
HIV globally is now at 33.4 million and although 2.7 million
people became newly infected with HIV in 2008, good news is that
this is a decrease by 17% over the last eight years.
There have been many successes in the AIDS response in recent
times including increases in HIV treatment coverage and
prevention of mother-to-child transmission services, and an
indication of decline in HIV incidence in some regions. However,
at the moment globally five people are becoming infected with HIV
for every two people accessing treatment.
It is therefore critical that the way we respond keeps pace with
and overtakes the epidemic if we are to see a real change in
people's lives, aspirations and futures.
Outlook gives an overview of the epidemic with global and
regional statistics, but also contains analysis offering the
UNAIDS interpretation and eyes the data available in the more
detailed AIDS Epidemic Update report from different angles.
The cover of Outlook features Prudence Mabele, the first black
woman in South Africa to disclose her HIV status publicly in 1992
because she was "tired of the silence and stigma surrounding
HIV," as she puts it. Seventeen years down the road, Prudence is
the executive director of the Positive Women's Network she
created in 1996. In Outlook we follow her for day.
UNAIDS Outlook 2010, a new publication launched today, explores
new ideas and ways to use the data collected in the AIDS Epidemic
Update companion report.
The publication also poses a number of bold questions that call
for a response: How can we use our knowledge of the HIV epidemic
and response for more effective programming at country level? How
do we become smarter about HIV prevention to make a real
difference? What is the anatomy of a bad law from a human rights
Features include "Where does the Money for AIDS go?" exploring
fund flows in the AIDS response and "Being the Change" digging
deeper into issues on young people, sexuality and how behaviors
are changing, mixed with captivating images and storytelling
narratives to show the plight of individuals.
Tying the Outlook together is an intimate interview with UNAIDS
Executive Director, Mr Michel Sidibe who as he approaches the end
of his first year in office as UNAIDS head sees real change and
is inspired by the perseverance of the human spirit every day. In
this one-on-one with the reader, Mr Sidibe renews his commitment
to push himself, UNAIDS and the world to deliver in the AIDS
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Eight-year trend shows new HIV infections down by 17%--most
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