UNAIDS calls for urgent global action as progress against HIV falters

New UN data released on Wednesday showed that the decline in new HIV infections which can lead to full-blown AIDS has slowed.

Globally, the number of new infections dropped by only 3.6 per cent between 2020 and 2021, the smallest annual decline in new HIV infections since 2016, said UNAIDS.

The agency warned that progress in prevention and treatment has faltered worldwide, putting millions of lives at risk.

“In 2021, there were 1.5 million new HIV infections and 650,000 AIDS-related deaths. This translates to 4,000 new HIV infections every day,” said Mary Mahy, UNAIDS Director a.i. Data for Impact. More