'Getting to Zero’ is the global AIDS challenge

By staff writers
December 1, 2012

'Getting to Zero’ has been the theme of World AIDS Day on 1 December 20121, reflecting the international advocacy and policy priorities of achieving zero AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections, and the elimination of stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV.

While promising trends can be seen in the latest global report from UNAIDS – including a 24 per cent drop in new infections among children over the last two years –challenges to total eradication remain. An estimated 2.5 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2011 and 1.7 million died from AIDS-related illnesses. Globally, 34 million people are living with HIV.

We are still far from ‘zero’, and access to treatment is central to reducing new infections and preventing deaths, comments the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance.

* More here on 'Getting to Zero': http://www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/news/single/article/2012/11/28/world-aids-...

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