800,000 children living with HIV, not receiving treatment —UNAIDS


A new report released by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS has revealed that, globally, an estimated 800,000 children living with HIV did not receive treatment in 2021.

The report, titled; “In Danger,” launched by UNAIDS showed that children living with HIV are often being left behind. According to the report, treatment coverage among children living with HIV is poor.
UNAIDS indicates that every day, 4.000 people, including 1,100 young people (aged 15 to 24 years), become infected with HIV.

The report notes, “As HIV testing and treatment programmes expand, children living with HIV are often being left behind. In 2021, an estimated 800 000 (640, 000– 990, 000) children living with HIV were still not receiving HIV treatment.

Also, HIV funds from bilateral donors other than the US have plummeted by 57 per cent over the last decade, adding that HIV investments have not replaced lost international funding, mainly due to worsening economic conditions.

“Many major bilateral donors are reducing international assistance for AIDS; meanwhile, low-and middle-income countries struggle under the greater financial burdens caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 and now the war in Ukraine are creating extraordinary headwinds”.

The report warns that if current trends continue, 1.2 million people will be newly infected with HIV in 2025, which is three times more than the 2025 target of 370,000 new infections.

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