“Each year, UNAIDS publishes a report on the World AIDS Day full of epidemiological data and analysis on the global hiv epidemic. We fully agree that there is much to be proud of. In particular, the progress in treatment scale-up to 36.9 million people living with hiv; now, nearly 16 million people have access to lifesaving medication“, Dr. Alvaro Bermejo said during his presentation before the Board of the Alliance.
However, Dr. Bermejo expressed his concern, in the context of the current campaign led by UNAIDS on the “Fast track” to end AIDS by 2030, for the apparent stabilization in the number of people that are being reported as new cases of hiv infection.
In the latest UNAIDS strategy (2016-2021), the agreed aim to “eliminate” all new infections is to reduce them to 200,000 a year by 2030. The Director of the Alliance argued that a reduction of 200,000 is an insufficient goal.
According to Bermejo, “something is not going as planned. We had committed to a reduction of 50% between 2010 and 2015. These figures suggested that we only achieved a reduction of 13% by the end of 2013. This year, these figures were revised and showed that we have achieved a reduction of 8% from 2008, that is to say about 1% a year.”
The report acknowledges many of the weaknesses to reduce the number of new infections:
- Poor targeting of hiv prevention services.
- Failure of investment in systems to reach the most vulnerable stigmatized population: female sex workers, drug users, gay men and men who have sex with men, and transgender people.
- According to UNAIDS, the global investments for the AIDS responses must increase from $20 billion in 2014 to more than $31 million in 2020, with a quarter of the investment earmarked for prevention. Nevertheless, we know that we are fighting to achieve these levels of funding.
We need political will and financial investment in hiv prevention, if we really want to see a reduction in the number of new infections. For Dr. Bermejo, this and only this will end the AIDS epidemic.Source: http://www.corresponsalesclave.org/2015/11/%C2%BFesta-el-sida-otra-vez-fuera-de-control.html