Commentary & Opinion
Report on HIV/AIDS Drug Access Shows "Encouraging, Painfully Slow Progress," Editorial Says
June 4, 2008
A recent report released by UNAIDS, UNICEF and the World Health Organization on antiretroviral drug access "reported encouraging but painfully slow progress in 2007, the good news tempered by grave challenges," an Akron Beacon Journal editorial says. The report found that although the rate of HIV/AIDS-related deaths "continues to decline," almost "2.5 million new infections were recorded last year," the editorial says, adding that the 3 by 5 Initiative target" has been met, but two years after the target date." In addition, "HIV testing and counseling have increased significantly in many countries," but "surveys suggest the majority of [HIV-positive] people are unaware of their status," according to the editorial. It adds that between 2004 and 2007, the "cost of most antiretroviral therapies in poor countries dropped 30% to 64%" but that "as patients live longer, the funding must rise as well, an estimated $41 billion required by 2015 to meet the needs."
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This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.