The United States, through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), joined with the government of Ghana to commemorate global World AIDS Day 2020.
COVID-19 has further complicated a global effort to combat HIV that has already greatly fallen short of the 2020 targets UNAIDS had established to great fanfare in the mid-2010s.
The report attributed 15 per cent global AIDS-related deaths among children to Nigeria, adding that approximately every minute and 40 seconds, a child or young person under the age of 20 was newly infected with HIV a year ago.
This year, communities around the world are grappling with HIV/AIDS as they also work to respond and protect against COVID-19, particularly for vulnerable populations. I hope to see people living with HIV have access to good quality medicines with less side-effects, so they can have a better quality of life and contribute fully to their families and societies.
More than 38 million people worldwide are now infected with HIV, and the AIDS pandemic has killed about 33 million people since it began in the 1980s.
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"The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care". We need a COVID-19 vaccine - and HIV treatments and care - that are affordable and available to everyone, everywhere.
"They are helping to ensure that no one is left behind during the COVID-19 crisis, " she said.
"On this World AIDS Day let us recognize that, to overcome COVID-19 and end AIDS, the world must stand in solidarity and share responsibility", said Mr. Guterres. In Nigeria 13,000 children aged 0-14 years died of AIDS-related causes in 2019. While calling for the delivery of comprehensive reproductive and sexual health services, UNAIDS is pushing for an end to laws that discriminate against people living with and at risk for HIV, the mitigation of societal stigma toward HIV-positive individuals and an effort to lessen gender inequities and violence.
Adams shared that these are just a few examples of Caribbean public health champions recognising their shared responsibility and taking decisive action to ensure the continuity of HIV services during COVID-19.
He said this on Tuesday, December 1, a day set aside to mark the 2020 AIDS Day celebration on the theme "Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact".