In the lead-up to World AIDS Day 2016, the hands up for #HIVprevention campaign will explore different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people, such as adolescent girls and young women, key populations and people living with HIV.
A new report by UNAIDS Get on the Fast-Track: the life-cycle approach to HIV shows that countries are getting on the Fast-Track, with an additional one million people accessing treatment in just six months (January to June 2016). By June 2016, around 18.2 million [16.1 million–19.0 million] people had access to the life-saving medicines, including 910 000 children, double the number five years earlier. If these efforts are sustained and increased, the world will be on track to achieve the target of 30 million people on treatment by 2020.
The report was launched on 21 November 2016 in Windhoek, Namibia, by the President of Namibia, Hage Geingob and the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé.
GLOBAL HIV STATISTICS
- 18.2 million [16.1 million–19.0 million] people were accessing antiretroviral therapy (June 2016)
- 36.7 million [34.0 million–39.8 million] people globally were living with HIV (end 2015)
- 2.1 million [1.8 million–2.4 million] people became newly infected with HIV (end 2015)
- 1.1 million [940 000–1.3 million] people died from AIDS-related illnesses (end 2015)
- 78 million [69.5 million–87.6 million] people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic (end 2015)
- 35 million [29.6 million–40.8 million] people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic (end 2015)