AIDS death reduces by fifty percent as more get drugs

By Unknown - July 20, 2017


Official figures shows that AIDS related deaths have decreased by fifty percent in the past 10 years. 

AIDS being the last stage of HIV , used to be one of the main causes of death in the world.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS) reports that deaths had reduced from a total of 1.9 million in 2005 to 1 million in the previous year.
It also says that the "scales have tipped", with more than fifty percent of people living with HIV  receiving treatment for the first time. 

HIV virus infection is not curable. But it can o be managed with antiretroviral therapy taken daily.

When left unchecked, it attacks and destroys  the body's immune system, there by leading to AIDS . The immune system has been destroyed,  allowing room for opportunistic infections" such as tuberculosis which mostly results in deaths. 

36.7 million live with HIV worldwide and 53%  are receiving the treatment that giving them the possibility to have a near-normal life. Duration of years expected to live has also extended by 10 years over the past decade.

The organization has put  series of goals in place known as the 90-90-90 targets.
The aim of this goals is for 90% of persons living with HIV to be diagnosed, 90% of those to get treatment and 90% of those to have their infection suppressed, by 2020.

By 2016 the results were 70%, 77% and 82% respectively.

Speaking regarding the issue, the executive director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, said: "We met the 2015 target of 15 million people on treatment and we are on track to double that number to 30 million and meet the 2020 target.
"We will continue to scale up to reach everyone in need and honour our commitment of leaving no-one behind."
 Mr Sidibe continues by saying that communities and families are thriving as AIDS is being pushed back.

UNAIDS reports also that eastern and southern Africa were "leading the way" and had reduced HIV infection rates by nearly a third since 2010.
 However, the agency alerts that insufficient therapy in north Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe has lead to increase in death rates.

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