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UN calls for “bold” action to reshape AIDS response

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2131 (Published 04 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2131
  1. Weiyuan Cui
  1. 1Geneva

The United Nations has called for the world to seize a unique opportunity to subdue the HIV and AIDS epidemic by revolutionising prevention efforts and making treatment more widely available.

In a progress report released on 31 March in Nairobi the UN’s secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, says, “The HIV response faces a moment of truth. This year, we have a unique opportunity to take stock of progress and to critically and honestly assess the barriers that keep us shackled to a reality in which the epidemic continues to outpace the response.”

“We must take bold decisions that will dramatically transform the AIDS response and help us move towards an HIV-free generation.”

Mr Ban’s report puts new emphasis on the goal to achieve universal access to AIDS prevention and treatment by resetting the targets. These include halving the number of sexual transmissions of HIV, eliminating HIV transmission from mother …

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