UNAIDS: World’s H.I.V.-Positive Population Still Rising

November 24th, 2009, by

UNAIDS Exec. Dir. Michael Sidib

Check out these stats released Tuesday in Shanghai by UNAIDS and the World Health Organization:

Globally 33.4 million people are living with H.I.V.

– In 2008, 2.7 million people were newly infected with the virus and 2 million people died from AIDS-related deaths.

– The total number of people living with H.I.V. in 2008 was 20% higher than the 2000 number.

The report — “AIDS Epidemic Update 2009” — attributes the continued rise in the H.I.V.-positive population to high rates of new infections and to the “beneficial impact of anti-retroviral therapy.”

The report also lists priority areas that should guide policy and investment, which include stopping violence against women, ensuring that people living with H.I.V. receive treatment and removing “punitive laws, policies, practices, stigma and discrimination that block effective responses to AIDS.”

And speaking of stigma and discrimination, when President Obama signed the reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act in October, he also announced the elimination of the 22-year travel ban that prevents H.I.V.-positive people from entering and traveling through the United States without a waiver. That rule will take effect in January 2010.

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