You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myPalmBeachPost.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myPalmBeachPost.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myPalmBeachPost.com.

breaking news

Florida lawmakers move closer to gambling deal

World AIDS Day 2016: Officials push for testing, awareness


Officials worldwide are pushing for HIV/AIDS awareness, testing and treatment access as health officials mark World Aids Day on Thursday.

>> Read more trending stories

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 36.7 million people across the globe are living with HIV/AIDS. The illnesses claim more than 1 million lives each year, the agency said.

However, the World Health Organization noted that in 2015 the epidemic claimed fewer lives than it had at any point in nearly two decades. Health officials credited the expanded use of antiretroviral therapy, which has brought the number of HIV-related deaths down by 45 percent since 2005.

"With access to treatment, people living with HIV are living longer. Investing in treatment is paying off," said Michel Sidibe, executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAID), in a statement Thursday. "AIDS is not over, but it can be if we tailor the response to individual needs at particular times in life."

The agency is behind what's known as the "90-90-90" goals, which aim to raise the number of people who know their HIV status, get them treatment if needed and have that treatment be effective.

"The success we have achieved so far gives us hope for the future, but as we look ahead we must remember not to be complacent," Sidibe said. "We cannot stop now."

In America, health officials encouraged leaders to strengthen commitments to end HIV infections with the day's theme, "Leadership. Commitment. Impact."

"Thirty-five years ago the first documented cases of AIDS brought about an era of uncertainty, fear, and discrimination," President Barack Obama said Wednesday. "But in the decades since those first cases, with ingenuity, leadership, research, and historic investments in evidence-based practices, we have begun to move toward an era of resilience and hope -- and we are closer than ever to reaching an AIDS-free generation."

About 39,500 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in the United States last year, health officials said. More than 1.2 million people are living with HIV – and about one in eight don't realize it.

Between 2005 and 2014, new HIV diagnoses fell by 19 percent, according to the CDC.

"We are winning against the AIDS epidemic, but we are not seeing progress everywhere," Sidibe said.

Health officials estimate that 2.1 million people are newly infected by HIV annually, a majority of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the large number, the World Health Organization said the number of new infections was at its lowest point in the last 25 years.

Countries are working toward goals set by UNAIDS. By 2020, the health organization aims for 90 percent of all people living with HIV to know their status, 90 percent of all people diagnosed with HIV infection to receive antiretroviral therapy and 90 percent of all people who are getting antiretroviral therapy to have viral suppression.

The push is credited with revving up global efforts to fight HIV. As of June 2016, 18.2 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy for HIV infection, up from the 7.5 million receiving treatment at the end of 2010, according to the CDC.

World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day recognized by officials. It was launched in 1988 and is held on Dec. 1 each year to increase awareness, show support to those living with HIV and remember those who have died.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community

Madonna unhappy with biopic in works on life of Material Girl before fame
Madonna unhappy with biopic in works on life of Material Girl before fame

  Madonna has some strong words for the producers of a planned biopic on her younger years, before she hit the big time. “Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen,” she said in an Instagram post.  “Only I can tell my story.” Universal acquired the rights to a script, called “Blond Ambition,” about...
Why is Mounts garden spending $500,000 to let visitors ‘walk on water’?
Why is Mounts garden spending $500,000 to let visitors ‘walk on water’?

Lajos Heder stood on the lip of a sand pit to describe the water garden taking shape below his feet at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach. RELATED: SIX MUST-SEE SPRING FLOWERS AT THE MOUNTS “The water will be a couple of inches below the walkway,” said Heder, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based artist who specializes in large-scale...
Milkshakes and nostalgia at Green’s Pharmacy
Milkshakes and nostalgia at Green’s Pharmacy

MENU Green’s Pharmacy serves basic breakfast and lunch fare, mostly priced at less than $10 a plate. The breakfast menu includes eggs, bacon and pancakes. The lunch list offers salads, burgers and BLTs. Green’s is a throwback — aside from the sweet potato fries, we spied no items that were organic, vegan or otherwise trendy. ATMOSPHERE...
3 TO SEE: ‘Experience Glass’; Choral classics; art history exhibit
3 TO SEE: ‘Experience Glass’; Choral classics; art history exhibit

It’s almost the weekend – time for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to share with you the best of what our community has to offer. Each week, you get three ideas – one that’s free, one that’s affordable and one that’s a splurge. Your “3 to See” cultural curator is Rena Blades, president and CEO...
Visit to Bailey’s Blendz can be fruitful
Visit to Bailey’s Blendz can be fruitful

MENU Organic acai and pitaya bowls topped with choice of fresh fruits, seeds, nuts, and other “fixin’s,” enticing smoothies, and organic coffee from female owned and operated coffee farms. ATMOSPHERE Comfy and cozy with a vintage, farmhouse ambience. There’s also a little seating area outside. Although this gem hasn’t...
More Stories