1 life lost every minute from HIV and AIDS 

New data from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS on the global HIV response has revealed that progress against the HIV pandemic has faltered during the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and other global health crises.

According to UNAIDS, the AIDS pandemic took a life every minute, on average, in 2021, with 650,000 AIDS deaths despite effective HIV treatment and tools to prevent, detect, and treat opportunistic infections.

The UNAIDS data also revealed that resources to tackle HIV/AIDS have shrunk globally in the period thus putting millions of lives at risk. 

The new report, In Danger, is being launched ahead of the International AIDS Conference scheduled for Montreal, Canada.

The UNAIDS said, globally the number of new infections dropped only 3.6 per cent between 2020 and 2021, the smallest annual decline in new HIV infections since 2016. 

“Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America have all seen increases in annual HIV infections over several years. In Asia and the Pacific – the world’s most populous region – UNAIDS data now shows new HIV infections are rising where they had been falling. 

Climbing infections in these regions are alarming. “In eastern and southern Africa, rapid progress from previous years significantly slowed in 2021. 

There is some positive news, with notable declines in new HIV infections in western and central Africa and the Caribbean, but even in these regions, the HIV response is threatened by a tightening resource crunch,” a UNAIDS press statement released on Wednesday read in part.

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