Today’s plenary session on Breaking barriers of inequity in the HIV response started with a powerful message from Dr Stefan Baral of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in his presentation on the epidemiology and vulnerability of missing and indigenous populations: “HIV does not discriminate, but in the absence of services, we’re going to continue to see these epidemics.”
New HIV infections are rising in around 50 countries, AIDS-related deaths are not falling fast enough and flat resources are threatening success. Half of all new HIV infections are among key populations and their partners, who are still not getting the services they need
The global AIDS response is at a precarious point—partial success in saving lives and stopping new HIV infections is giving way to complacency. At the halfway point to the 2020 targets, the pace of progress is not matching the global ambition.
UNAIDS has just launched a new initiative to highlight the imperative need to treat people with respect and dignity in order to achieve positive social change, including ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.