UNAIDS: Prevention of new HIV cases in the next 5 years crucial to curb epidemic rebounding

The first step in prevention of HIV is public awareness. Though HIV diagnosis and treatment has greatly improved in the last couple of years, the number of new infections is not falling fast enough. UNAIDS latest report claims that if the number of infections increase at this rate, current efforts to prevent HIV deaths won't be enough in the next five years. Countries that have been worst affected by HIV must focus on preventing new infections and expanding access to anti-retroviral treatment to stop the risk of epidemic rebounding, says a new report from the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission. Read: HIV diagnosis everything you should know about

This, plus the high demographic growth in some of the most affected countries, is increasing the number of people living with HIV who will need anti-retroviral therapy to stay alive. We have to act now. The next five years provide a fragile window of opportunity to fast-track the response and end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, said Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS. If we don't, the human and financial consequences will be catastrophic, Sidibe said. Read: 11 interesting facts about HIV/AIDS you didn t know!

The report clearly shows the urgent need for substantial global solidarity to front-load investments. The need for investment is particularly acute in low-income countries with a high HIV burden. The report also called for leveraging lessons learned in the AIDS response to be applied to new and existing global health challenges. The report makes seven key recommendations, leading with the urgent need to scale up AIDS efforts, get serious about HIV prevention, and continue expanding access to treatment. Other recommendations include efficient mobilisation of more resources for HIV prevention, treatment, and research, and for robust, transparent governance and accountability for HIV and health. Read: HIV/AIDS Causes, Symptoms, Tests, Treatment & More

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