New HIV treatment strategy could reduce HIV-related deaths by 10M in 15 years, UNAIDS says

February 01, 2016

While respondents overall ranked AIDS as one of the top health-care issues in the world, "[o]ptimism about the state of the global AIDS epidemic and progress in responding to it varied widely, often along geographical lines," IRIN/PlusNews writes. "In sub-Saharan Africa, where most HIV infections occur, 31 percent of respondents chose the term 'getting worse' to describe the issue, while another 30 percent chose 'tragic.' In South and Southeast Asia participants were more likely to see the situation as 'hopeful' or 'manageable.'"

IRIN/PlusNews continues, "A lack of funding and resources were also seen as major obstacles, but nearly six in 10 felt governments had a role to play in providing treatment for their HIV-positive citizens. The perception that people living with HIV should receive subsidized treatment was strongest in the Caribbean and Asia, but less than half the participants in the USA agreed" (7/14).

A Reuters factbox provides a breakdown of HIV/AIDS figures from around the world (Cutler, 7/13).

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