November 30 (): AIDS has proven a “formidable challenge” for scientists and public health experts. A World Health Organization-led report said the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes AIDS infects about 34 million people around the world.
A quarter of a century of drug development means that for most people who contract the virus, it has become manageable through medication. Yet, Aids still claims many lives in the West.
The international community has made extraordinary progress in the past decade in the fight against AIDS, but a funding crisis is putting those gains at risk, the United Nations health agencies said on Wednesday.
Health officials in China stated that number of new HIV/AIDS cases in China is soaring with the rate of infections among college students and older men rising.
Latest figures in Wednesday’s report and from a UNAIDS global study last week show the number of new HIV infections fell to 2.7 million in 2010, down from 3.1 million in 2001, while the number of people getting life-saving AIDS drugs rose to 6.65 million in 2010 from just 400,000 in 2003.
Wednesday’s report, released ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1 by the WHO, the United Nations AIDS program, UNAIDS and the United Nations children’s fund UNICEF, said treatment, prevention and outreach programs are becoming more efficient, with health clinics integrating services and local communities finding more effective ways to get medicines to HIV patients.
With many large international donor countries struggling with recession and debt crises, Hirnschall said it was crucial for countries affected by HIV/AIDS to do all they can to fund their own programmes and make limited resources go further.
While people with HIV in developed countries have come to rely on drugs that help suppress a virus that was once a death sentence – both know that, even in the rich world, HIV can still be a killer.