The UNFPA executive director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, has said that out of the estimated 35 million people living with HIV in the world, over 13 million are now receiving treatment. He said AIDS-related deaths are at their lowest level since the peak in 2005, down by 35 per cent. Oshotihen stated this in a statement signed by the UNFPA, in commemoration of the World AIDS Day 2014.He stated that over the past three years, the rate of new HIV infections has dropped by 13 per cent.

“We must close the gap by 2030, so that every person has access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and no person is left behind,” he said. He however regretted that around the world, many groups, including people who inject drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men and transgender people, remain at high risk, often with limited access to HIV prevention and treatment services.

“We must ensure that anyone at risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections has access to condoms. “We must continue to prevent HIV in pregnant women to keep mothers alive and eliminate HIV infections in infants. “We must offer rights-based family planning and treatment for women living with HIV to prevent unintended pregnancies and allow them to live healthy, fulfilling lives. “We must facilitate voluntary medical male circumcision in young men, particularly in settings with high HIV prevalence, to reduce their vulnerability to HIV throughout their lifetime,” he said.

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