$19 billion invested, as AIDS kills 1.1 million people in 2015

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Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS

Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS

Kazeem Ugbodaga

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has disclosed that a whooping $19 billion was invested in the fight against AIDS in 2015, but the dreaded disease still killed 1.1 million people last year.

UNAIDS’ 2015 reports on the fight against HIV/AIDS released in 2016 reveals that in 2015, there were 36.7 million people living with HIV globally while as at December 2015, 1 7 million people living with HIV were accessing antiretroviral therapy, up from 1 5.8 million in June 2015 and 7.5 million in 2010.

The reports revealed that 46% of all adults living with HIV were accessing treatment in 2015, up from 23% in 2010, while 49% of all children living with HIV were accessing treatment in 2015, up from 21 % in 2010.

Also, 77% of pregnant women living with HIV had access to antiretroviral medicines to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies in 2015, according to the report.

UNAIDS say new HIV infections have fallen by 6% since 2010 and that worldwide, 2.1 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2015, down from 2.2 million in 2010, while new HIV infections among children have declined by 50% since 2010.

“Worldwide, 150 000 children became newly infected with HIV in 2015, down from 290 000 in 2010. AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 45% since the peak in 2005. In 2015, 1.1 million people died from AIDS-related causes worldwide, compared to 2 million in 2005.

“Tuberculosis-related deaths among people living with HIV have fallen by 32% since 2004. Tuberculosis remains the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, accounting for around one in three AIDS-related deaths. In 201 4, the percentage of identified HIV-positive tuberculosis patients who started or continued on antiretroviral therapy reached 77%,” the report said.

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Source:: PM Newspaper