Myanmar's AIDS-related deaths decline 52% in 6 years

Posted July 22, 2017

This progress puts the world on track to reach the global target of 30 million people on treatment by 2020. The AIDS-related deaths have reduced to half since 2005. "Around 30 percent of people living with HIV still do not know their HIV status, 17.1 million people living with HIV do not have access to anti retroviral therapy, and more than half of all people living with HIV are not virally suppressed".

Also, the Deputy Executive Director of Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS), Luiz Loures, said: "We are at an incredibly exciting time in the field of HIV prevention research and development with more life-saving innovations, science and technology coming to the forefront than ever before".

"The evidence is clear: HIV treatment is hugely beneficial for people who are infected, and HIV prevention is essential to reduce the numbers of new infections", Warren said.

Most progress has been made in east and southern Africa, the region that was hardest hit by the epidemic and where many interventions were focused.

Although relatively large increases in new infections occurred between 2010 and 2015 for Jordan, Kuwait and Qatar, the absolute number of new infections remains very small, in part because estimates from these countries are for citizens and exclude temporary migrant workers and other foreign nationals.

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

Rising levels of resistance to HIV drugs could undermine promising progress against the global AIDS epidemic if effective action is not taken early, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

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The report also concluded that in India, a respondent-driven sampling survey across 26 cities found that knowledge of HIV status was 41% among people who are living with HIV and those who injected drugs.

There is a 29% drop in the new HIV cases among all individuals and a 56% drop in HIV cases in children over the same period. "Declining global resources will hamper our ability to reach the 17 million people who still need treatment".

It says about 36.7 million around the world were living with the disease previous year.

"Continued commitment and support from the government, donors, global and national non-government organisations, community networks and people living with HIV groups are crucial to achieving the country's HIV response targets", he said.

Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe have cut new infections by 40 percent or more since 2010. He said the treatment programmes were extremely important.

New infections are declining, but not fast enough. UNAIDS urged more efforts to keep PLWA in care once they have begun treatment, and lamented that one-third (33 per cent) of people on treatment do not achieve viral suppression.