UNAIDS says men critical to ending epidemic

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During "The Right to Health" event, in observance of World AIDS Day, participants engage in an AIDS knowledge-testing exercise. UN News/Elizabeth Scaffidi

Ambitions of zero infections, zero deaths and zero stigma when it comes to AIDS cannot be achieved without addressing worrying trends seen with men.

That's the view of Simon Bland, head of the  UNAIDS  office in New York, who says ending the epidemic by 2030 means getting men, who are less likely to access healthcare treatment, onboard with testing and prevention.

In observance of World AIDS Day on Friday, UNAIDS reported that less than half of men living with HIV are on treatment and more likely to die of AIDS-related illnesses than women.

Mr Bland spoke with Natalie Hutchison about the social and political dimensions involved in making global progress.

Duration: 5'14"

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