HIV infections in adults worsen, UNAIDS warns
HIV prevention urgently needs to be scaled up for adults
An estimated 1.9 million adults had become infected with HIV every year for at least the past five years. Globally, some 36.7 million were now infected, the United Nations AIDS agency (UNAIDS) said in a report.
- Early, comprehensive use of HIV antiretrovirals recommended by WHO
- AIDS ward in B.C. hospital repurposed for those living with HIV
"We are sounding the alarm," said Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS.
The epidemic of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes AIDS has had a devastating impact since it began some 35 years ago. Since then, 35 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses and an estimated 78 million have become infected with HIV.
Young women in sub-Saharan Africa 'need more options'
"HIV prevention is not working for young women in sub-Saharan Africa. They need more options," Sidibe said.
Russia and Ukraine account for 9 of 10 new infections in the two regions, Sidibe said, adding the epidemic was moving slowly from at-risk groups to the general population.
But the UNAIDS report found only around 17 million patients worldwide — less than half of those diagnosed as HIV positive — are on treatment.
But the decline in new infections among adults had stalled, at a time when donor funding for the fight against AIDS had dropped to its lowest level since 2010, it said.
International donor contributions fell from a peak of $9.7 billion US in 2013 to $8.1 billion US in 2015.