AIDS Still an Uphill Battle
Posted on Jun 2, 2008
Every year about a million HIV patients globally are given potentially life-saving treatments, while about 2 1/2 times that number are infected. On top of that, the vast majority of HIV-positive people around the world don’t know they’re infected.
The report, by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNAids and Unicef, said an extra 950,000 people in these countries received the drugs last year.
The agencies admit they are two years behind their access target.
WHO and UNAids aimed to have three million people on ART by the end of 2005.
But by the end of 2007, the total number on treatment had still not quite reached that figure, leaving an estimated 6.7 million people unable to access potentially life-saving drugs.
The report says that by the end of 2007 an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide were living with HIV, with 2.5 million people newly infected during the year.