Making HIV and AIDS rhetoric a reality once and for all

This time 10 years ago, world leaders of what was then the Group of Eight made a historic commitment to universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010. United Nations member states went on to make the same promise at the U.N. world summit in New York just two months later.

Mike Podmore, Alliance Policy Manager, reflects on this missed deadline and how we can still make it a reality.

We’ve come a long way in a decade, that’s for sure. But we cannot yet say that we are anywhere near achieving universal access. AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 35 percent since the peak of the epidemic in 2005 and the number of new infections continues to decline annually.  That’s the good news. Nonetheless there are thought to be around 35 million people living with HIV globally; 19 million don’t currently know their HIV-positive status. Of those people who need antiretroviral drugs, only just over a third have access. That’s the bad news.

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