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New report underlines the threat to universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care due to a slow-down in treatment scale-up and waning political will
Date:10/29/2010

28 October 2010 (Geneva, Switzerland) - A report issued today by the International AIDS Society, Universal Access: Right Here, Right Now documents the principal debates around universal access during the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010). The report also takes stock of progress to date and reveals the scale of the future challenge for HIV treatment and prevention at a time when new infections are outstripping those receiving treatment by five to two.

While significant progress has been made towards achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care, with a consistent increase in funding for the AIDS sector between 2001 and 2008 resulting in an estimated 5.2 million people receiving life-saving treatment by 2009, compared with only 500,000 in 2003, the IAS report reveals that the progress made in the sector is under threat; the current economic challenges combined with a waning political will and a flat-lining of resources are preventing the international community from making universal access a reality.

AIDS 2010 took place in Vienna in July 2010 at a critical moment in the push for expanded access to HIV services. Coinciding with the original 2010 deadline set by world leaders for achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care, the conference was an important platform for ensuring that the universal access pledge remains on the global health agenda.

Dialogue on universal access during AIDS 2010 focused on two core issues: securing the required resources from international donors and national governments; and making more effective and efficient use of available resources. A key theme among speakers was the challenging economic climate, with principal donors including PEPFAR, the World Bank, UNITAID, and the Global Fund experiencing funding reductions or failing to increase funding in line w
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Contact: Lindsey Rodger
lindsey.rodger@iasociety.org
41-227-100-822
International AIDS Society
Source:Eurekalert

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