Half of HIV-infected get treatment now: UNAIDS

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The report stated that more than half of people who are affected by AIDS, which is caused by HIV, have been getting treatment for the first time.

The UN report said the number of people living with HIV who were accessing life-saving antiretroviral therapy in Myanmar had increased four-fold since 2010, to 57 percent of an estimated 230,000 people in 2016. In the Middle East and North Africa, and in eastern Europe and central Asia, AIDS-related deaths have risen by 48 per cent and 38 per cent respectively, it said, mostly due to HIV-positive patients not getting access to treatment.

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The report "Ending AIDS: Progress towards the 90-90-90 targets" says that of the 36.7 million people with HIV, 19.5 million had access to treatment a year ago. It means that by 2020, at least 90% of all persons living with HIV infection should know their HIV status.

"In 2016, 19.5 million of the 36.7 million people living with HIV had access to treatment", the UNAIDS report said.

"There were less than 1,000 new HIV infections among children in the Caribbean in 2016".

Eastern and southern Africa which accounts for more than half of all people suffering from HIV are leading the list.

With these improvements, UNAids sees the world has been on track to reach the "global target of 30 million people on treatment by 2020".

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Unless something is done, drug-resistant virus strains may infect an extra 105,000 people and kill 135,000 over the next five years, and boost treatment costs by $650 million, said the World Health Organization (WHO).

UNAIDS Country Director Mamadou al Sakhu said his organisation would fully support Punjab in its dedication regarding control of AIDS/HIV and also extend support in effective implementation of HIV legislation once passed.

They include Middle East and North Africa and in eastern Europe and central Asia. Of those, 77 percent were on treatment, and 82 percent had virus suppression.

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.

AIDS deaths are also now close to half of what they were in 2005, according to the U.N. AIDS agency, although those figures are based on estimates and not actual counts from countries.

While these numbers demonstrate significant progress in the effort to combat HIV/AIDS, Mitchell Warren, executive director of HIV-prevention advocacy group AVAC, told Mic he worries that Trump's proposed budget cuts could put the epidemic back in peril. "Declining worldwide resources will hamper our ability to reach the 17 million people who still need treatment".

It said that 88pc of women living with HIV in Myanmar were accessing services for the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission.

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