World must fast-track AIDS response or risk more deaths

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The world could see more AIDS deaths today than five years ago, unless efforts to prevent new HIV infections are not increased.

That's according to a report launched on Thursday by international alliance that brings together nearly 40 heads of state and political leaders, HIV and health experts, youth, activists, scientists and representatives from the private sector.

The report, from the UNAIDS and the Lancet Commission, also sets out a path for ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

Dianne Penn reports.

The report says the global AIDS response is at a "crucial juncture."

It finds that while there has been progress in increasing access to HIV treatment globally, the rate of new infections is not falling fast enough.

This is coupled with a rise in the number of people living with HIV who need antiretroviral therapy to stay alive, particularly in some of the most affected countries.

The report calls for a fast-tracking of global action over the next five years in order to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. 

It adds that HIV transmission and AIDS-related deaths could be greatly reduced and mother-to-child transmission "virtually eliminated" by this date. 

Recommendations include getting efficient mobilization of more resources for HIV prevention, treatment and research, and continued expansion of access to treatment.

 Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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