HIV response ‘is in jeopardy’ and calls for political leadership ‘to end AIDS’

A new report from the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) presented at the International AIDS Conference, held in Montreal Canada)warns that “the AIDS response has gone off course, so urgent action is needed”.

Therefore, the CEO of UNAIDS, Winnie Byanyima, called on governments to “urgently” increase funding from the Global Fund and the Joint United Nations Program so that the conclusions of this conference “become a reality on the ground”. As the new UNAIDS report has shown, In danger“is essential courageous political leadership to end AIDS and save millions of lives“.

Thus, the research presented at the conference provides new data, important scientific advances and more evidence on the biomedical, social and political interventions needed to stop the AIDS pandemic.

“The insights and data shared by community organizations have shown concretely that it is possible to stop AIDS from killing every minute and the means to fight against inequalities driver of the AIDS pandemic,” says the UNAIDS Director-General.

Also, at the meeting, the new long-acting antiretrovirals to stop HIV were discussed. As noted, new research shows that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) injection is one of the most effective HIV prevention tools available and works well in multiple populations.

The World Health Organization has also issued new guidelines and pharmaceutical company ViiV, specializing in HIV, announced licenses for the manufacture of generics of the drug in 90 countries.

“It could be a game-changer if ViiV can deliver affordable pricing for low- and middle-income countries now, by tens of dollars and not hundreds of dollars, because it will take several years before generic production becomes available,” commented Byanyima.

Por otro lado, ha insistido en que los compromisos asumidos por los líderes africanos y por los international socios que se han unido en la nueva alianza mundial para acabar con el sida en los niños podrían, if se cumplen,guarantezar que all los niños que viven with him HIV-rreceive antiretroviral drugs and that there are no more children infected with HIV.

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