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World News December 2, 2023

World AIDS Day: Communities lead the way in ending HIV by 2030

World AIDS Day, observed on December 1, focuses on the theme “Let communities lead” to emphasize the role of communities in ending AIDS by 2030. The UN underscores the potential of community leadership in achieving this goal. Global HIV data reveals that since the start of the AIDS epidemic, approximately 85.6 million people have been infected, and 40.4 million have died from AIDS-related illnesses. In 2022, 39 million people globally were living with HIV, with 29.8 million accessing antiretroviral therapy. New HIV infections declined by 38% since 2010, and AIDS-related deaths reduced by 51%. However, challenges such as funding shortages, policy obstacles, and capacity constraints impede community-led efforts. Funding for community programs decreased from 31% in 2012 to 20% in 2021, and global funding for HIV programs fell short of the needed $29.3 billion by 2025. Key populations, including sex workers and drug addicts, face higher HIV prevalence, with criminalization exacerbating challenges. While progress has been made, addressing these obstacles is crucial for effective HIV prevention and treatment services.

Source: CGTN

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