Ahead of World AIDS Day 2021, UNAIDS has said that the infection rate is now showing signs of decreasing rapidly and the disease can be eliminated by 2030.
With the theme ‘End Inequality and AIDS’, End Inequality, End AIDS, this year on the occasion of World AIDS Day, a pledge has been taken to eliminate this disease from the root. The reason for this is that despite so many efforts, the infection rate of HIV does not seem to be meeting the target of ending it by 2030. This has been confirmed by a report by the United Health Organization (WHO).
According to the UNAIDS website, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in the message of World AIDS Day, “It is still possible to end the epidemic by 2030. But it will require stepping up and more solidarity. To defeat AIDS and build resilience against the pandemics of tomorrow – we need collective action.”
AIDS epidemic in the midst of Kovid-19 crisis
With progress against the AIDS epidemic already stalling, the COVID-19 crisis has made HIV prevention and treatment services more stressful. Therefore, Winnie Byanyama, Executive Director of UNAIDS, called for action, saying, “We have to Of One cannot be forced to choose between ending the pandemic and preparing for tomorrow’s pandemic. Only successful approach will help in achieving both. As of now, we are not on track to achieve this.”
Furthermore, UNAIDS has issued a dire warning that if leaders fail to tackle inequalities, the world could face more than 7 million infections-related deaths over the next 10 years. Also, it could become more difficult if the availability of preventive measures and treatments remains the same as in 2019 levels.
goal of ending AIDS
Around June, UNAIDS set new targets to be reached by 2025. These include:
- Bringing HIV services to 95% of people who need them.
- Reducing annual HIV infection to less than 370,000.
- and reduce AIDS-related deaths by 250,000 by 2025.
This is possible only when an international strategy is put in place and the targets are met by 2025. On this, UNAIDS said that during the decade, about 4.6 million lives could be saved. But the report says that the world is deviating from the path of achieving those goals.
According to the report, “UNAIDS data suggest that work is not being done fast enough to end the pandemic and HIV infection and AIDS-related deaths.”
The report highlights five immediate strategy priorities that should be implemented with funding globally. These include access to preventive equipment such as condoms and clean needles, as well as support for community-based health services.
According to the report, gay men and other men who have sex with multiple men, sex workers, injecting drug users and prisoners are at higher risk of contracting HIV infection.
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