World AIDS Day: 37.7 million were living with the virus in 2020

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December 1 has been established as World Day Against Him AIDS with the United Nations highlighting the urgent need to end inequalities.

Forty years after the first cases of AIDS were reported, HIV continues to threaten the world. Today, the world is off track to meet the common commitment to end AIDS by 2030, not because of a lack of knowledge or tools to fight it, but because of structural inequalities that prevent proven solutions to prevent and treat it. HIV.

Economic, social, cultural and legal inequalities must end urgently if we are to end AIDS by 2030, he said. UN and rebroadcast by the Athenian-Macedonian News Agency. He points out that although there is a perception that a period of crisis is not the right time to give priority to addressing the underlying social injustices, it is clear that without it the crisis can not be overcome.

Global HIV statistics

  • According to the UN 37.7 million people worldwide were living with HIV by 2020, while 680,000 died of AIDS-related diseases in the same year.
  • From the beginning of the epidemic it is estimated that 79.3 million people are infected with HIV and 36.3 million have died of AIDS-related diseases.
  • Of the 37.7 million people living with HIV in 2020, 36 million were adults, 53% were women and girls, and 84% were aware of their condition.
  • In 2020, 73% of all people living with HIV had access to treatment.
  • New HIV infections have dropped by 52% since peaking in 1997.
  • AIDS-related deaths have dropped by 64% since peaking in 2004 and by 47% since 2010.
  • People living with HIV have higher comorbidities than HIV COVID-19 from people who do not live with HIV. Studies in England and South Africa have found that the risk of dying from COVID-19 among people living with HIV was twice as high as in the general population.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa hosts two-thirds (67%) of people living with HIV, but by July 2021, less than 3% of people in Africa had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The risk of HIV infection is:

  • 35 times higher among injecting drug users.
  • 34 times higher for trans women.
  • 26 times higher for sex workers.
  • 25 times higher among gay men and other men who have sex with men.

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