UN says spread of AIDS has been reversed

UN says spread of AIDS has been reversed
14 July 2015

UN reports reverse in spread of AIDS - © Arne Dedert, dpa

Johannesburg (dpa) - The spread of HIV has been reversed, meeting one of the 2000 Millennium Goals nine months ahead of schedule, the United Nations' AIDS programme UNAIDS said Tuesday.

About 15 million people are on life-saving drugs and the global response to HIV has averted 30 million new infections and nearly 8 million deaths since 2000, UNAIDS said on the sidelines of a conference on development finance in Addis Ababa.

New HIV infections have fallen by 35 per cent and AIDS-related deaths by 41 per cent, according to the report. The world is on track to meet the investment target of 22 billion dollars for the AIDS response by 2015 and to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, UNAIDS said. "The world has delivered on halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said. "Now we must commit to ending the AIDS epidemic."

Source: dpa.