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Global effort to reduce new HIV infections is stalling, UN warns

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 19 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4744
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The global pace of progress in reducing new HIV infections and increasing access to treatment is slowing down, says a report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).1

Communities at the Centre shows that, while some countries are making very good progress towards UN targets, others are seeing rises in new infections and AIDS related deaths.

Launching the report, Gunilla Carlsson, UNAIDS executive director, said, “We urgently need increased political leadership to end AIDS. This starts with investing adequately and smartly and by looking at what’s making some countries so successful.”

Around 1.7 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2018, down 16% since 2010. This decline has been driven mostly by steady progress in eastern and southern Africa. …

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