UNGA starts high-level meeting to shape future AIDS response (2)

11:29, June 09, 2011      

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Although some countries are still struggling to reach their universal access targets, many have made significant strides in responding to their epidemics.

Twenty-two countries have achieved universal access to services which prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, said the officials.

On the final day of the meeting, UN member states are expected to adopt an outcome document which will guide country responses to HIV over the next five years.

"Inequality, discrimination and laws against people living with or at risk of HIV continue to block access to HIV services for people most in need," said Michel Sidibe, executive director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). "We need a response to HIV that is grounded in human rights and one which promotes equality and equity. Achieving this will open the way to a world free from HIV."

UNAIDS recently reported that despite successes in HIV prevention and treatment, more people than ever before were living with the virus, 34 million according to latest estimates. They also reported that international funding for AIDS had declined.

Source: Xinhua

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