UN agency hopes to end Aids by 2030| Possible but barriers will remain

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Market Desk (Health): It may be possible to end AIDS by 2030, according to a UN report released on Thursday. It’s a bold goal. Over the past 40 years, roughly 40 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses. Another 39 million people worldwide currently are living with HIV and more than 1mn became infected in 2022.

Let’s start by asking a more fundamental question about the goal set by the Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS, better known as UNAIDS.

No one is suggesting that HIV/AIDS will be eradicated, as smallpox was in the 1970s. In US, around 35,000 people become infected each year. Officials want to reduce that number to 3,000 or less. At that level, public health researchers hope, we can move past the crisis stage of the past 4 decades.

However, responding effectively to HIV eradication means implementing non-discrimination laws and strengthening community networks along with other initiatives. In many countries, people living with HIV or AIDS face stigma, discrimination and violence.

Countries and regions with the highest economic investment, such as Eastern and Southern Africa have also made good progress, the report said.

In sub-Saharan Africa, where the virus’s burden is strongest, the health officials warn of rising cases in Eastern Europe, central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

Lacks of available preventative services and laws that may punish people for seeking treatment for HIV and AIDS in some of these nations are blamed for these rises.

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