The UN report said the number of people living with HIV who were accessing life-saving antiretroviral therapy in Myanmar had increased four-fold since 2010, to 57 percent of an estimated 230,000 people in 2016.
Amid the overall positive trend, UNAIDS sounded the alarm over developments in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the only world regions where HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths are on the rise.
Deaths linked to AIDS have halved in 10 years, new figures reveal. UNAIDS said how the region is progressing to the 2020 target of having 90 per cent of PLWA knowing their status, 90 per cent of diagnosed people accessing treatment and 90 per cent of those treated achieving viral suppression (90-90-90). Two million people living with HIV is too high a number.
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IN the Caribbean, more than one third (36 per cent) of people living with AIDS/HIV (PLWA) do not know it, said a statement announcing the UNAIDS annual report "Ending Aids" published yesterday. For example, Algeria has increased HIV treatment access from 24% in 2010 to 76% in 2016, Morocco from 16% in 2010 to 48% in 2016 and Belarus from 29% in 2010 to 45% in 2016. This has increased the life expectancy in numerous worst affected regions such as eastern and southern Africa.
The document presented in this city by Michael Sidibe, executive director of that institution, shows that of nearly 37 million people affected by that illness in the world, 19 and a half million have access to medicines, a figure that represents 53 percent of the total number.
The report warned, however, that not all regions are making progress. In 2016, over two thirds, i.e. 70% of all individuals are aware of their HIV status.
This analysis contributed to a national HIV prevention "road map" that defines evidence-informed biomedical and structural interventions and targets them to specific populations and geographical zones.
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Sixty percent of all people who receive anti-retroviral therapy live in east and southern Africa, which, along with west and central Europe and the Americas, is on target to meet the so-called 90-90-90 targets set by the United Nations, said the report.
UNAIDS also said that globally there has been significant progress, but "there is still more work to do".
Among them, 1.8 million were children and 2.1 million people contracted HIV in 2015 itself.
The report also points out that only 43% of children infected with HIV have access to antiretrovirals, compared with 54% of adults. Out of those who knew their HIV status, only 52% were taking ART therapy and 83% of same are virally suppressed.
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