Aids Deaths Halve As More Get Drugs

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The report added that past year, 19.5 million of the 36.7 million people living with HIV globally had access to treatment and AIDS-related deaths have fallen from 1.9 million in 2005 to one million.

India is among the list of ten nations that account for more than 95% of all new Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, infections in the Asia-Pacific region, a UN report said.

In Việt Nam, half of the people living with HIV were under treatment in 2016, and the estimated number of AIDS-related deaths was the lowest since 2004.

Yesterday the UNAIDS released a report that showed for the first time a decline in the number of deaths due to AIDS.

Not only are new HIV infections and deaths declining, but more people than ever are on life-saving treatment, according to data published ahead of an AIDS science conference opening in Paris on Sunday. This has increased the life expectancy in numerous worst affected regions such as eastern and southern Africa.

In Kenya, for example, an analysis in 2014 found that 65% of new HIV infections occurred in just nine of the country's 47 counties. Deaths caused by AIDS have fallen from 1.9 million in 2005 to 1 million in 2016.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, in the early 1980s, 76.1 million people have been infected with HIV and 35 million died, the equivalent of the population of Canada.

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According to the latest WHO HIV Drug Resistance report, six out of 11 countries surveyed reported that more than 10% of people who are starting antiretroviral therapy in their country have a strain of the virus that's resistant to the drugs used to treat it. The number continues to increase however, owing to continued transmission and increased access to anti-retroviral drugs in developing countries that has raised the survival rate of HIV-positive people.

UNAIDS Country Director Mamadou al Sakhu said his organisation will fully support Punjab for their dedication to the cause of HIV/AIDS and will also extend support in the effective implementation of the HIV legislation, once passed.

In the Caribbean, 64 per cent of PLWA know their status, 81 per cent who know their status access treatment, and 67 per cent of people on treatment achieve viral suppression.

Global AIDS deaths are now close to half of what they were in 2005, according to the UNAIDS agency.

Northern Africa and the Middle East are two additional problem areas. Experts, however, said that more could have been done given the amount of money spent for battling the AIDS epidemic.

It also noted that about three-quarters of pregnant women with HIV now have access to medicines to prevent them from passing it to their babies. "Declining worldwide resources will hamper our ability to reach the 17 million people who still need treatment".

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