Dec 2, 2017, 1:14 PM
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UN chief calls for global efforts to end HIV epidemic

Tehran, Dec 2, IRNA – The United Nations secretary-general, in his message marking World AIDS Day 2017, called on the world community to help make the HIV epidemic ‘a thing of the past’.

'On this World AIDS Day, I call for a renewed commitment to finish what we have started and to make the AIDS epidemic a thing of the past,' António Guterres said in his message released Friday on the UN press release center.

'Nearly 21 million people living with HIV now have access to treatment — a number that should grow to more than 30 million by 2020,' Guterres said.

The UN chief also said that the epidemic of the infectious disease is expected to come to an end by 2030.

'The world is well on its way to meeting the target of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030,' he said.

'AIDS‑related deaths and new HIV infections are declining,' he said, adding that 'there is great hope that the world can deliver on its promise.'

But, the UN chief cautioned the global community on the growing number of AIDS‑related cases in some parts of the world.

'Sadly, some parts of the response to HIV are lagging behind. In some regions of the world, hard-won successes are being reversed, with rising numbers of new HIV infections and AIDS‑related deaths,' Guterres said.

'Women and girls continue to be disproportionally affected by HIV, particularly in Africa. Men are less likely to know that they are living with the virus, less likely to seek treatment for it, and more likely to transmit HIV as a result. Too many people are unable to access the services they need to treat their illness or to stay healthy,' he said.

'Much more needs to be done,' he stressed.

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