UNAIDS presented the data on people suffering from HIV and AIDS, that number of patients has increased from 685,000 in 2009 to 20.9 million in June 2017.
Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, spoke to an agency news and said: “Many people do not remember that in 2000 there were only 90 people in South Africa on treatment.”
He further addressed the issue of the life-saving treatment issue of HIV and AIDS by saying “Today, South Africa has the biggest life-saving treatment program in the world, with more than 4 million people on treatment,” he encouraged the problem by adding “This is the kind of acceleration we need to encourage, sustain and replicate.”
According to the news reported by the medicalxpress.com, the people who are dealing with HIV are now finally receiving treatment and help. As a result, more people are surviving this better in a better way. The research also showed that people who are diagnosed with HIV and are under the antiretroviral treatment have 97 percent less chance of transmitting the AIDS-causing virus to others. As now the treatment is more in reach of the pregnant women, the number of childer born with HIV has dropped.
The report also spoke of the challenges that are still there are as more than 17 million people with HIV are not under this treatment, including 9,19,000 children.
Another crucial challenge is to make HIV prevention a problem health priority. As there are regions like Eastern Europe and Central Aisa where the infection has increased by 60 percent since 2010 and the percentage of HIV induced death has risen by 27, as reported by the medicalxpress.com quoting the news agency.