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Nearly 21 million now receiving AIDS Drugs: UN Agency

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Samia haque: 21 November, 2017: About 21 million people around the world now receiving life threatening AIDS drugs, according to a report published on Monday. But another 16 million people affected with H.I.V are still deprived of proper medication.

Antiretroviral triple therapy or ART are medicines that treat HIV but the drugs don’t kill or cure the virus. But when they are taken in combination they can prevent the growth of the virus and thus the virus slowed down so that the disease. Antiretroviral triple therapy became standard in wealthy countries in 1996, but it took almost a decade for just one million people in poor countries to receive treatment

The report was released in South Africa by Unaids, the joint United Nations Aids-fighting agency. Unaids set a goal called “90-90-90” by 2020. That 90 percent of the world’s H.I.V affected people get an H.I.V test, 90 percent of those who test positive having been prescribed drugs; and 90 percent of those prescribed drugs staying on them faithfully enough to have undetectable levels of virus in their blood.

After astonishing progress toward ‘the goal’ the world is now at ’70-77-82’ the agency told. But that means that only 44 percent of the world’s H.I.V.-infected people are taking medication consistently enough to provide a nearly normal life span.

Only four countries in Africa where the epidemic has hit hardest are getting drugs to even 75 percent of their citizens needing them: Botswana, Rwanda, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. But some countries are doing really great. Among them are Botswana, Britain, Cambodia, Denmark, Sweden, Singapore, Iceland.

The number of people dying from AIDs peaked in 2005; at about two million. Though the number decreased still it is quite high. Now the number is around one million. AIDS is still the major reason of death for women in their childbearing years.