World AIDS Day 2020 – the numbers, the stigma, the fight.

The importance to keep on fighting this “beast” seen under the light of a new global pandemic.

Yes, global pandemic is who the WHO describes AIDS/HIV, and unfortunately, this monster does not stop in front of a new virus threatening our lives; this beast does not give any breaks to scientists looking for a cure as it keeps on changing shape, it evolves and gets more dangerous. As of 2018, approximately 37.9 million people are infected with HIV globally and the numbers do not seem to slow down even during Covid-19 pandemic.

We’d like to share some Global Statistics of 2020 according to Wikipedia

  • HIV & AIDS Statistics
    • 25.4 million [24.5 million–25.6 million] people were accessing antiretroviral therapy in 2019.
    • 38.0 million [31.6 million–44.5 million] people globally were living with HIV in 2019.
    • 1.7 million [1.2 million–2.2 million] people became newly infected with HIV in 2019.
    • 690 000 [500 000–970 000] people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2019.
    • 75.7 million [55.9 million–100 million] people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic.
    • 32.7 million [24.8 million–42.2 million] people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic.
  • AIDS Deaths & Mortality
    • AIDS-related deaths have been reduced by 60% since the peak in 2004.
    • In 2019, around 690 000 [500 000–970 000] people died from AIDS-related illnesses worldwide, compared to 1.7 million [1.2 million–2.4 million] people in 2004 and 1.1 million [830 000 –1.6 million] people in 2010.
    • AIDS-related mortality has declined by 39% since 2010.
  • Investments
    • At the end of 2019, US$ 18.6 billion (constant 2016 dollars) was available for the AIDS response in low- and middle-income countries, almost US$ 1.3 billion less than in 2017
    • Around 57% of the total resources for HIV in low- and middle-income countries in 2019 were from domestic sources
    • UNAIDS estimates that US$ 26.2 billion (constant 2016 dollars) will be required for the AIDS response in 2020.

It is true that AIDS-related mortality has declined in the last decade, and this is also thanks to an increase in number of tests and to early treatments of the infection, but it it is also true that there is a growing number of young people -aged 12 and above – which get the infection after their first sexual intercourse.

Recent studies show that because of an always more increasing wave of “puritanism” around the world, and to the cancellation of “sex education” programmes in schools, there is always less information and awareness about the risks linked to STIs and AIDS/HIV in general, and always more very young people contract the virus.

The Stigma

AIDS is still a stigma today, even for those zero-positive patients. An undetectable viral load is where antiretroviral treatment (ART) has reduced your HIV to such small quantities that it can no longer be detected by standard blood tests. People living with HIV who have an undetectable viral load cannot pass HIV on through sex. Being undetectable does not mean your HIV is cured.

Stars from all over the world are raising the awarness about this on their social media channels.



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