Inequalities persist in HIV prevention, child treatment services

Inequalities persist in HIV prevention, child treatment services

Nearly half of the 1.7 million children worldwide living with HIV were not on treatment last year, the UN programme leading the global fight against HIV and AIDS, UNAIDS, said on Wednesday in a report released together with partners. The final report from the Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free initiative, issued in Geneva on Wednesday, warns that progress on ending AIDS among children, adolescents and young women has stalled and requires urgent action. A new #StartStayAIDSFree report reveals the stark inequalities in access to HIV prevention and treatment services for children. UNAIDS joins @EGPAF, @PEPFAR, @UNICEF and @WHO in calling for urgent action 👇🏾 — UNAIDS (@UNAIDS) July 22, 2021 Four-fold increase The five-year framework began in 2015 and followed on from a global plan to reduce new HIV infections among children by that year, while also ensuring those living with HIV have access to antiretroviral therapy. The focus was on 23 countries, mostly in Africa. The study shows that 150,000 children were newly infected, or four times more than the 2020 target of 40,000. The total number of …
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