There is still a chance to defeat the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030, said the UNAIDS agency in an appeal issued on the occasion of World AIDS Day on December 1. 35 million people have died so far from AIDS-related diseases, the agency reports on its website.
According to UNAIDS, a key role in the fight against the epidemic should be played by organizations created by the most affected social groups: people living with HIV and at risk of the virus. Now, however – the organization’s executive director Winnie Byanyima recently warned – due to the stigmatization of people most at risk of infection, further progress in the fight against AIDS is at risk.
There are 39 million people in the world today infected with HIV. About 20 million of them live in eastern and southern Africa, and about 6.5 million in the Asia-Pacific regions. 53 percent of those infected are women, the RFI website recalled. Last year, 1.3 million people around the world were infected with the virus. The number of new infections is significantly lower than the peak in 1995, which saw 3.2 million new infections. Treatment costs have also dropped. A year of therapy for one infected person in 1995 was $25,000. Today it has dropped to USD 70 per year, the portal reported.
In Poland, where over 30,000 have been detected since the beginning of the epidemic. cases of infection, the number of new cases detected has been increasing in recent years. Data from the National AIDS Center show that from the beginning of the year to mid-November 2023, 2,590 infections were detected, while in the entire 2022 – 2,384. (PAP)