Dec 1

On World AIDS Day…

  • 7 million people are living with HIV, 40% don’t know their status
  • New HIV infections among children have declined by 50% since 2010.
  • The incidence of HIV/AIDS is increasing among young gay men.
  • UNAIDS released a report showing 18.2 million people are now on antiretroviral therapy. However, it found women aged between 15 and 24 were at great risk.
  • The number of people living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy has increased by about a third, 3 million more than the 15 million by 2014.
  • In high income countries, 31% of people living with HIV are now over the age of 50 due to antiretroviral therapy.
  • Recent updated UNAIDS estimates indicate that US$ 26.2 billion will be required for the AIDS response in 2020, with US$ 23.9 billion required in 2030.
  • Brazil represents the largest number of people living with HIV in Latin America at 47%. Worldwide, it is one of 15 countries which represent 75% of the global number of people living with HIV.
  • Western and central Africa are current areas of concern – they account for 18% of people living with HIV. Lack of treatment access means the area also accounts for 30% of all Aids-related deaths globally
  • In June 2016, GSK made a groundbreaking deal to make the HIV drug Tivicay available for Botswana’s national effort to test and treat as many citizens as possible.
  • Cipla offers free antiretroviral technology to any African nation looking to produce their own drugs. In 2001, India’s Cipla had introduced the world’s first 3-in-1 fixed dose combination (Stavudine, Lamivudine, and Nevirapine). Now, a third of people living with HIV in 115 countries are taking this drug.
  • Gilead Sciences Inc. has begun marketing its HIV treatment Truvada to prevent infection with the virus that causes AIDS.

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