Monday, July 23, 2012

International AIDS Conference 2012

The 19th International AIDS Conference will take place in Washington D.C. from the 22nd to the 27th of July 2012. AIDS 2012 will bring together leading scientists, public health experts, policy-makers and community and youth leaders to translate recent scientific advances into action.

For the occasion, Friends of Humanity is offering you an overall picture of the goals established by the international community in order to fight against HIV/AIDS and its achievements to this day.

Where we should go

  • Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
Goal 6: combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

A.     Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
B.     Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it
  • 2011 Political Declaration: reducing sexual transmission, preventing HIV among drugers, eliminating new HIV infections among children, allowing access to 15 million people, avoiding TB deaths, closing resource gap, eliminating gender inequalities, eliminating stigma and discrimination, eliminating travel restrictions and strengthening HIV integration.

 Where we are (UNAIDS World Aids Day Report 2011 & MDG Report 2012)

  • At the end of 2010, 34 million people were living with HIV, up 17% from 2001. This number is due to continued large number of new infections and fewer AIDS-related deaths.
  • The proportion of women living with HIV has remained stable at 50% globally.
  • 1.8 million people died from AIDS related-causes in 2010.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region most heavily affected by HIV (68%).
  • Half of the people (47%) eligible for antiretroviral treatment are now receiving it. Ten countries, including three generalized epidemics (Botswana, Namibia and Rwanda), have already attained universal access to antiretroviral therapy.
If you want more information about the conference, go to AIDS 2012 website

Friends of Humanity is very concerned with HIV/AIDS issues and is currently supporting a project in Burundi which aims at helping abused girls and espacially preventing HIV infection. For more information, go to our project's webpage

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