AIDS epidemic can be controlled by 2030: UN
London: United Nations AIDS Agency has revealed in a new report that there is a chance that the AIDS epidemic can be brought under control by 2030.
However, the agency has called for far more international effort as the "current pace cannot end the epidemic" and that the number of new HIV infections and deaths from Aids were both falling, the BBC reported.
The report showed that 35 million people around the world were living with HIV, while there were 2.1 million new cases in 2013, 38 percent less than the 3.4 million figure in 2001 and AIDS-related deaths have fallen by a fifth in the past three years, standing at 1.5 million a year.
It was also revealed that fewer than four in 10 people with HIV are getting life-saving antiretroviral therapy and just 15 countries account for three-quarters of all new HIV infections.
Michel Sidibe, the executive director of UNAids, said that if they accelerate all HIV scale-up by 2020, they will be on track to end the epidemic by 2030, if not, we risk significantly increasing the time it would take, adding a decade, if not more.
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