After Significant Gains, Declines In Global HIV Incidence Stall, New Infections Rising In Some Regions

Agence France-Presse: Quest to end AIDS epidemic at risk: U.N.
“Efforts to end the global AIDS pandemic by 2030 are lagging, the U.N. warned Tuesday, decrying rising numbers of new HIV infections among adults in many regions, with Russia especially hard-hit…” (Larson, 7/12).

The Guardian: HIV infecting 2m more people every year, warns U.N.
“Talk of the end of AIDS was premature, according to a new U.N. report that reveals the steady decline in new HIV infections stalled five years ago and that, in some areas, the numbers are rising again. … If [trends continue], it will be impossible to meet the U.N. goal of eradicating AIDS by 2030…” (Boseley, 7/12).

Reuters: Action needed as decline in HIV cases stalls: U.N. AIDS agency
“…An estimated 1.9 million adults had become infected with HIV every year for at least the past five years. Globally, some 36.7 million were now infected, the United Nations AIDS agency (UNAIDS) said in a report. New HIV infections among adults, defined as over 15 years old, were now rising in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Caribbean, and Middle East and North Africa, the report said…” (Kelland, 7/12).

U.N. News Centre: Warning of stalled progress against HIV infections, new U.N. report urges stepped-up prevention efforts
“…The report notes that in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, annual new HIV infections increased 57 percent from 2010 to 2015. After years of steady decline, the Caribbean saw a nine percent rise among adults. In the Middle East and North Africa, annual new HIV infections increased by four percent. There have been no significant declines in any other regions of the world. New HIV infections declined only marginally in Western and Central Europe and North America, as well as Western and Central Africa, since 2010…” (7/12).

VOA News: New HIV Infections on Rise in Some Regions
“…The report says young women in sub-Saharan Africa are particularly at risk of HIV/AIDS, with 75 percent of new infections among adolescent girls between the ages of 10 and 19. Other vulnerable groups, it says, include gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers and their clients, transgender people, injecting drug users, and prisoners” (Schlein, 7/12).