HIV Drug Resistance Could Undermine AIDS Fight

2.1 million HIV cases in India, 50% drop in new infections in past decade: UNAIDS report

AIDS-Related Deaths Decline Worldwide, Rise In Eastern Europe And Central Asia: UN

In addition, the report said the number of AIDS-related deaths dropped from 1.9 million in 2005 to 1 million in 2016 - reducing the death toll by almost half in the span of 11 years. The statement noted a 52 per cent drop in AIDS-related deaths in the region over the past decade due to HIV treatment coverage.

The latest progress report from UNAIDS shows significant strides towards achieving the 90-90-90 targets, with 70% of people living with HIV now aware of their HIV status. By the same time, 90 percent of all people diagnosed with HIV will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90 percent of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS said deaths had fallen from a peak of 1.9 million in 2005 to 1 million in 2016, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the annual number of new HIV infections in the Middle East and North Africa has remained stable since 2010, with an estimated 18,000 people newly infected in 2016.

Just over half of people living with HIV in the region know their HIV status.

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"Since 2010, Aids-related deaths have declined by 42%".

The region showing the most progress is East and Southern Africa, which has historically been the area most affected by HIV and is home to over half of all people living with HIV.

Some 36.7 million people around the world are infected with HIV, but more than half of them - 19.5 million - are getting the antiretroviral therapy medicines they need to suppress the HIV virus and keep their disease in check.

Oussama Tawil, country director of UNAIDS Myanmar, said new HIV infections declined by 26pc.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday alerted countries to the increasing trend of resistance to HIV drugs in a detailed report based on national surveys conducted in several countries.

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Exceptions within these regions show that "when concerted efforts are made, results happen", the report said, noting that in Algeria the rate of HIV treatment access increased to 76 percent in 2016 from 24 percent in 2010, and in Morocco to 48 percent in 2016 from 16 percent in 2010.

It said that 88pc of women living with HIV in Myanmar were accessing services for the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission.

Further, globally AIDS-related deaths have nearly halved since 2005. "Declining global resources will hamper our ability to reach the 17 million people who still need treatment".

This incredible progress is due to the global partnership and commitment of governments, civil society groups, health workers and local and worldwide organizations, along with support from major donors and organizations including the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), UNAIDS and WHO.

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