The UN has decided to increase the funding for the early treatment of people suffering from HIV. According to Michael Sidibe, “a new study showed it could reduce the risk of HIV transmission by 96%.”
The extra funding now announced by UN is targeted to not only for the people who suffer from the disease but also to spread awareness for circumvention of deadly disease. The past decade has given very favorable results to the UN in their campaign against HIV. More than 25% decline in the HIV infections and reduction in Aids-related has been reported during the past one decade.
Bertrand Audoin, head of Aids society, said, "It is the right moment - from the scientific and financial point of view - to invest more time and money in researching a cure."
He added, "There is already some basic science in this area. We know that some people who are on HIV treatment can contain the virus in a way which makes them unable to infect other people."
"So we think further work could help us develop a functional cure, which would allow the virus to remain latent in the body, without people feeling sick or needing treatment. That's the goal," continued Audoin.
He further observed that finding cure for Aids will take at least 25 more years but for the time being prevention is considered to be the best cure. The awareness spread by UN’s Aids Society has succeeded in preventing more than 11 million people in the poverty-stricken areas of the world including Africa, India and Sri Lanka.
"It could take 25 years before we find a cure - and the hardest part will be convincing donor governments and other funding organizations to put money into research.
"But if we don't invest in the science, the epidemic will go faster than our work on it - and the financial situation will make it more difficult to put people on treatment," said Audoin.
The number of new HIV infections and deaths from Aids are falling globally, according to new statistics from the UN’s programme on HIV/Aids. Evidences show that the epidemic is now declining; however, stigma and discrimination continue to cause problems for the estimated 33 million people living with HIV. UN officials working against the deadly disease reiterated that bad laws and discrimination, particularly in respect to drug users and homosexuals, continue to batter the fight against Aids.
But now the UN, which claims to have halted the epidemic, is focused on taking bold steps and wise choices to eliminate the trajectory of the disease.
Today, UNAids believes that an investment of at least $22bn is needed by 2015. It estimates such funds would stop 12m new HIV infections and 7.4m Aids-related deaths by 2020.