Access to HIV prevention and treatment services marred by numerous inequalities according to newly released data

WORLD – Following a newly released report from the Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free initiative, the total number of children on treatment declined for the first time, despite the fact that nearly 800 000 children living with HIV are not currently on treatment. The report further showed that opportunities to identify infants and young children living with HIV early are being missed since more than one third of children born to mothers living with HIV were not tested. Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free is a five-year framework that…

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People living with HIV face double jeopardy due to Covid-19, while access to HIV services remains a challenge

AFRICA – People living with HIV are at a higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness and death, yet the vast majority are denied access to COVID-19 vaccines, according to a report by UNAIDS. Key populations and their sexual partners account for 65% of new HIV infections but are largely left out of both HIV and COVID-19 responses as 800,000 children living with HIV are not on the treatment, they need to keep them alive. In sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to two thirds (67%) of people living with HIV, less…

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