Dire global warning on HIV threat

Published: November 19, 2014

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Laura Lopez Gonzalez
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“We have bent the trajectory of the Aids epidemic,” the UN Programme on HIV/Aids (Unaids) said in its latest global report, released on Tuesday.

“Now we have five years to break the epidemic or risk the epidemic springing back even stronger.”

The report cautions that eliminating HIV as a global health threat does not necessarily mean the world will see no new HIV cases.

Instead, ramping up the HIV response through improving access to treatment and prevention for high risk groups like sex workers, men who have sex with men and injecting drug users will safeguard the world’s recent gains in reducing new infections and Aids-related deaths.

South Africa alongside many of its neighbours remains one of the 30 countries responsible for about 90 percent of all new HIV infections globally.

The new report scores South Africa high on preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission and on condom use among sex workers.

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