HIV death rates drop in 2016, United Nations report reveals

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It said the "scales have tipped", with more than half of people getting drug treatment for the first time.

More people in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are dying from AIDS than 10 years ago, bucking the global trend in which the fatality rate is falling as more get treatment.

Yesterday the UNAIDS released a report that showed for the first time a decline in the number of deaths due to AIDS. UNAIDS said how the region is progressing to the 2020 target of having 90 per cent of PLWA knowing their status, 90 per cent of diagnosed people accessing treatment and 90 per cent of those treated achieving viral suppression (90-90-90).

The report also concluded that in India, a respondent-driven sampling survey across 26 cities found that knowledge of HIV status was 41% among people who are living with HIV and those who injected drugs.

The decline in infection was the highest in children (47%) because of global scale-up of antiretroviral therapy, which also lowered AIDS deaths by 48%, from a peak of 1.9 million in 2005 to 1million in 2016.

Not only are new HIV infections and deaths declining, but more people than ever are on life-saving treatment, according to data published ahead of an AIDS science conference opening in Paris on Sunday.

Eastern and Southern Africa are the most affected regions and account for more than half of all people living with HIV/Aids, but both regions have made progress.

It says about 36.7 million around the world were living with the disease past year. Experts warned, however, that much of the progress can be undone by growing resistance to HIV drugs.

The wider availability of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment has led to almost one third reduction in AIDS-related deaths since 2010 in the region.

In total, 76.1 million people have been infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, since the epidemic started in the 1980s.

Elected: Associate Professor of Medicine of Post Graduate Medical Institute and Lahore General Hospital Dr Israr-ul-Haque Toor has been elected new Vice-President of Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology and GI Endoscopy (Punjab Chapter) for a period of two years (2017-19). The target for 2015 has been achieved. The target numbers are treatment access to 30 million individuals by 2020.

In 2016 the figures were 70%, 77% and 82% respectively.

This incredible progress is due to the global partnership and commitment of governments, civil society groups, health workers and local and worldwide organizations, along with support from major donors and organizations including the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), UNAIDS and WHO.

The report also points out that only 43% of children infected with HIV have access to antiretrovirals, compared with 54% of adults.

There are still one third of HIV positive persons who are unaware of their status and are spreading the virus.


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