Around 4,000 people contract HIV infection every day across the world, the United Nations said on Sunday while urging countries to increase the investment in disease prevention and access to treatment.
“Progress in the reduction of new HIV infections is slowing & every day 4,000 people become infected around the world. @UNAIDS urges countries to increase investment in HIV prevention & access to treatment,” the United Nations Tweeted today.
According to the latest data from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on the global HIV response, during the last two years of Covid-19 and other global crises, progress against the HIV pandemic has faltered. The resources alongside have shrunk, and as a result millions of lives are at risk.
Ahead of the International AIDS Conference in Montreal, Canada, the number of new infections dropped by just 3.6 percent globally between the year 2020 and 2021. This is the smallest annual decline in new HIV infections since 2016.
“These data show the global AIDS response in severe danger. If we are not making rapid progress then we are losing ground, as the pandemic thrives amidst Covid-19, mass displacement, and other crises. Let us remember the millions of preventable deaths we are trying to stop,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima in the statement.
As per the statement, AIDS took a life every minute. On average, in 2021, with 6,50,000 AIDS deaths despite effective HIV treatment and tools to prevent, detect, and treat opportunistic infections.
The report in conclusion sets out the devastating consequences if urgent action is not taken to tackle the inequalities which drive the pandemic. It shows that on the current path the number of infections per year would be over 1.2 million by the year 2025. It is the same year in which the United Nations member states have set a goal of fewer than 3,70,000 new HIV infections.