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'Dangerous complacency' to global HIV epidemic risks resurgence

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Health Desk-- 20 July, 2018: A "dangerous complacency" in the response to the global HIV pandemic is risking a resurgence of the disease.

According to the experts, a stalling of HIV funding in recent years was endangering efforts to control the illness.

As things stand, the world is no longer on course to end the pandemic by 2030 - a target agreed by UN member states, say experts in The Lancet.

They call for urgent changes in how the disease is treated and controlled.

About 37 million people worldwide live with HIV or Aids. And there are an estimated 1.8 million new cases every year.

New cases of HIV/Aids have been falling in recent years.

But the Lancet Commission said the fall was happening too slowly to reach the UNAids target of 500,000 new infections by 2020.

While HIV rates were falling overall, they remained persistent in marginalised groups, younger people - particularly women - and in developing countries, all of whom were less likely to access treatment, the commission said.

According to the experts, HIV funding had remained flat in recent years, at about £14.7bn - roughly £5.4bn short of the estimated amount needed to achieve the UNAids targets.

Despite the remarkable progress of the HIV response, the situation has stagnated in the past decade, said, Dr Linda-Gail Bekker, president of the International Aids Society and professor at University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Courtesy: BBC Health