The concern over COVID-19 has eclipsed many other diseases but these such as TB and malaria still remain a pestilence upon the planet.
We know how to prevent HIV transmission, and we have the medical know-how to keep every person living with HIV healthy. No one has to die of AIDS.
Yet there were at least 680,000 people due to AIDS-related illnesses in 2020 worldwide. In 2020 1.5 million people were newly infected with HIV. Forty years since the first AIDS cases were reported in the world HIV/AIDS still threatens.
Our society has the ability to break the chain of transmission of HIV. Treatment as prevention – works – along with a whole collection of HIV prevention options. Inaction is unacceptable and the cause of new infections and untimely deaths to name a few.
Lifesaving antiretroviral therapy (ART) and viral load suppression, along with the whole cascade of HIV care and support, keep them healthy and away from AIDS-related illnesses.
"Thanks to scientific research and strong evidence that has given us tools to effectively prevent transmission of HIV, diagnose HIV, treat people living with HIV. That is why it is possible for people living with HIV who can live fulfilling normal lives..." explained Dr Ishwar Gilada, who is on the Governing Council of International AIDS Society (IAS). “We know how to beat AIDS, we know what the inequalities obstructing progress are and we know how to tackle them. The policies to address inequalities can be implemented, but they require leaders to be bold and not cold!”