Myanmar's AIDS-related deaths decline 52% in 6 years

Deaths linked to AIDS have halved in a decade from 1.9 million in 2005 to one million last year

Deaths linked to AIDS have halved in a decade from 1.9 million in 2005 to one million last year

In addition, the annual number of people who die from AIDS has almost halved from 1.9 million to 1 million between 2005 and 2016, according to the UNAIDS agency.

New HIV infections rose by 60 percent in eastern Europe and central Asia, and deaths by nearly a third from 2010 to 2016.

UNAIDS expressed concern about two regions with worsening AIDS trends: the Middle East-North Africa, and eastern Europe-central Asia.

New infections among children nearly halved from 300,000 in 2010 to 160,000 a year ago, said the report.

The report "Ending AIDS: Progress towards the 90-90-90 targets" says that of the 36.7 million people with HIV, 19.5 million had access to treatment past year.

The estimated number of people living with HIV in Myanmar is 230,000, and 57pc were accessing life-saving antiretroviral therapy.

IN the Caribbean, more than one third (36 per cent) of people living with AIDS/HIV (PLWA) do not know it, said a statement announcing the UNAIDS annual report "Ending Aids" published yesterday.

In Russia, newly reported cases of HIV increased by 75 percent between 2010 and 2016.

The UNAIDS report on the global HIV epidemic said the decline was the steepest in Asia and the Pacific.

"Between 2010 and 2016, the number of AIDS-related deaths in the region fell by 28 per cent".

More than half of people in the world are now under treatment, and the number of new HIV infections has continued to decline, but at a pace still too slow, according to these data, released before the opening Sunday in Paris an worldwide conference of aids research. More than 40% of the roughly 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States now receive care through Medicaid, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. In 2016, over two thirds, i.e. 70% of all individuals are aware of their HIV status.

There is a 29% drop in the new HIV cases among all individuals and a 56% drop in HIV cases in children over the same period.

They include Middle East and North Africa and in eastern Europe and central Asia.

"The region has achieved remarkable progress in expanding HIV services", said UNAIDS.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says while great progress has been made to stop the spread of HIV and Aids, there's still much more work to be done.

The report notes that about three-quarters of pregnant women with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, now have access to medicines to prevent them from passing it to their babies.

"Cambodia is to be congratulated for reaching this global target three years before the world's deadline", said Vladanka Andreeva, UNAIDS Cambodia country director.

By 2020, states the plan, 90 percent of infected people must know their status, of whom 90 percent must be on treatment.

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