For every 100 people put on treatment, 250 are newly infected, according to the United Nations’ AIDS-fighting agency, Unaids.
There is more here and the article is interesting throughout. Victories in the war against AIDS in Africa are being reversed and fairly quickly at that.
The chief of the UNAIDS agency said Thursday that global contributions to fighting the disease are dropping off for the first time in 15 years amid tough economic times."The world economic recession is pushing countries... to enforce austerity," UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe said in Tokyo, calling on Japan to keep up its financial support to the public-private Global Fund.The head of the United Nations agency has in recent days stressed the need for the international community to mobilize 10 billion dollars for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
Mobile phones may be a key weapon in the war against HIV and AIDS in Africa, says to the UNAIDS chief.The relatively new technology has a role to play in a continent plagued by inadequate health centres and dilapidated infrastructure, said Michel Sidibe, the executive director of the United Nations AIDS agency."You can talk about different policies, about capacity building, but you can't beat this kind of epidemic with facility-based approach only," he added.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon hailed US President Barack Obama's removal of a decades-old travel ban on HIV-positive visitors, and urged other countries to do the same."I congratulate President Obama on announcing the removal of the travel restrictions for people living with HIV from entering the United States," Ban said on Saturday in a statement released by UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS."I urge all other countries with such restrictions to take steps to remove them at the earliest."
The United Nations Development Programme and UNAIDS said Thursday that they have formed a commission to examine the impact of laws around the world that discriminate against people living with HIV."Laws that inappropriately criminalise HIV transmission or exposure can discourage people from getting tested for HIV or revealing their HIV positive status," said the two agencies in a statement.They can "punish rather than protect people in need," added the agencies.