The Face of HIV/AIDS Today
HIV/AIDS remains one of the most significant development challenges today, and clearly there is still a great deal to learn about how to deal with the consequences of AIDS.
On the cusp of the fourth decade of the AIDS epidemic, the world has turned the corner—it has halted and begun to reverse the spread of HIV (Millennium Development Goal 6.A).
More than 5 million people are now receiving HIV treatment.
In 2009 alone, 1.2 million people received HIV antiretroviral therapy for the first time—an increase in the number of people receiving treatment of 30% in a single year. Overall, the number of people receiving therapy has grown 13-fold, more than five million people in low- and middle-income countries, since 2004. Expanding access to treatment has contributed to a 19% decline in deaths among people living with HIV between 2004 and 2009. This is just the beginning: 10 million people living with HIV who are eligible for treatment under the new WHO guidelines are still in need.