Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

UNAIDS says 1.7 mln new HIV infections recorded in 2018

UNAIDS says 1.7 mln new HIV infections recorded in 2018

HMOs may also hold or suspend an application of a PLHIV when presented with "co-morbidities, medical conditions or other risk factors" that can be decided on even without taking into account the applicant's HIV status.

Earlier this month, researchers at Temple University announced they had succeeded in eliminating HIV from mice and said their results are an important advance in efforts to develop a cure for HIV infection in people.

In a circular addressed to health maintenance organizations (HMO), the IC said an HMO can not decline an application of a person living with HIV (PLHIV) on the sole basis of his or her status.

Decades of research have yet to yield a cure or vaccine for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which has infected nearly 80 million people and killed more than 35 million since the early 1980s.

Speaking at the launch of the report in Eshowe, South Africa, Gunilla Carlsson, UNAids acting executive director, said: "We urgently need increased political leadership to end Aids".

Another vulnerable group is children, with more than 160,000 new HIV infections a year ago.

The global fight against AIDS is stalling due to lower investment, marginalized communities missing vital health services, and new HIV infections rising in some parts, the United Nations warned on Tuesday.

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At the national AIDS conference, the country launched its human rights plan, which mapped a path to address human rights violations for those infected and affected with HIV and TB, and vulnerable and marginalised populations. "This starts with investing adequately and smartly and by looking at what's making some countries so successful". According to the report, "People who inject drugs accounted for 41 percent of new HIV infections in eastern Europe and central Asia". But there are still far too many countries where AIDS-related deaths and new infections are not decreasing fast enough, even rising in some cases, even though we know how to stop the virus.

An estimated 37.9 million people globally live with HIV today, and a record 23.3 million people have access to some antiretroviral therapy, which can keep the infection in check for years.

However, the report also shows that less than 50 per cent of key populations were reached with combination HIV prevention services in more than half of the countries that reported.

He said the South African government is dedicated to building an AIDS-free society and placing the social and structural drivers of HIV at the center of its response.

Eyewitness News reporter Kgomotso Modise has more.

The UNAIDS 90-90-90 target refers to their goal of ensuring that 90% of all HIV positive persons are diagnosed, that 90% of those diagnosed receive anti-retroviral treatment and that 90% of those who receive treatment achieve viral suppression by 2020.

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