The End of HIV and AIDS?
As the 2012 International AIDS Conference wraps up in Washington DC, participants are hailing the unprecedented progress and scientific advancements made over the past year the “beginning of the end of the epidemic.”
Craig McClure, the Canadian Chief of HIV and AIDS at UNICEF, said that never before has the world been so close to the dream of eliminating almost all mother-to-child HIV transmissions. In fact, the hope is that it can be achieved by 2015.
“There’s been huge progress,” he said in an interview with CTV. “We’ve seen a 40% reduction in babies born with HIV in the last 10 years, from close to 600,000 babies born infected, to just over 300,000. But that’s still 300,000 too many.”
Much remains to be done.
Despite work towards an ‘AIDS-free generation,’ HIV-positive children still languish on the margins of proper treatment.
As André Picard, Public Health Reporter for The Globe and Mail, explains: 2.5 million children around the world are living with HIV, and despite the existence of affordable antiretroviral medication, only one in four HIV-positive children is receiving the necessary treatment.
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