dglobalnews.com Aids Deaths Halve As More Get Drugs
Published: Sat, July 22, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

Aids Deaths Halve As More Get Drugs

Aids Deaths Halve As More Get Drugs

As yet, there is no HIV vaccine or cure, and infected people rely on lifelong anti-retroviral therapy to stop the virus replicating.

"PARIS| One million people died of aids-related illnesses in 2016, which is nearly half less than in the peak of deaths was reached in 2005, according to a United Nations report published on Thursday, which says that" a turning point has been crossed".

Tawil said that Myanmar will have challenges to end the HIV epidemic but is likely to achieve those goals. Warren said the program is one of the main "drivers of the success" demonstrated by the U.N.'s report.

The decrease stems from actual cuts in funding (accounting for an approximate net 50% of the decline), exchange rate fluctuations (20%), and the timing of US contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (30%), due to USA law that limits its funding to one-third of total contributions to the Global Fund. 1 million of people with HIV do not have access to antiretroviral therapy, and more than half of HIV-infected people are not virally suppressed. "Recent proposed cuts from the USA, amidst other competing demands on donor budgets, will likely contribute to an ongoing climate of uncertainty around funding for HIV going forward".

"When you think about the money that's been spent on AIDS, it could have been better", said Sophie Harman, a senior lecturer in global health politics at Queen Mary University in London.

"The real test will come in 5 to 10 years, once the funding goes down", Harman said. Past year the Caribbean had 310,000 people living with HIV.

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Eastern and Southern Africa are the most affected regions and account for more than half of all people living with HIV/Aids, but both regions have made progress.

Former Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS member Lucy Bradley-Springer expressed similar concerns in a June interview with Mic, shortly after she resigned from the board due to Trump's apathy regarding the epidemic.

Tawil said that the incidence of drug use is high in many countries in the region including Myanmar, India, Nepal, Indonesia and Pakistan, adding that it is often the result of economic problems as well as the availability of drugs at low prices.

UNAIDS Country Director Mamadou al Sakhu said his organisation would fully support Punjab in its dedication regarding control of AIDS/HIV and also extend support in effective implementation of HIV legislation once passed. "And either of those responses is wrong".

Declines in deaths from AIDS-related illnesses were sharpest in eastern and southern Africa, where they peaked at 1.1 million in 2004 and then fell by 62% to 420 000 in 2016, a trend that reflected the rapid scale-up of antiretroviral therapy in the region.

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