We've only begun to fight!
It may have fallen from the headlines, but this global epidemic, the most devastating epidemic of our times, is still claiming lives.
And it’s bigger today than you think.
35 million people are living with HIV today, with 2.1 million infections in 2013 alone.
And 2 out of 5 of those people are unable to access the treatment they need.
The crazy thing is, we know how to end this.
Unlike in 2003, the medicines now exist.
We just need the will and resources to do it.
Join us and commit to the end of AIDS.
No new infections. No barriers to treatment. No discrimination.
AIDS and Children
240,000 children were infected in 2013, a new infection every two minutes. 3 out of 4 children living with HIV are still not receiving the treatment they need. Without treatment a third of infected children will die by their 1st birthday, and 50% by their 2nd. Over 16 million children have been orphaned by AIDS.
AIDS and Youth
There are 1.8 billion young people in the world today, the largest number ever. HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death amongst adolescents, after traffic accidents.
300 young people die every day.
AIDS and Women
The leading cause of death of women of reproductive age.
1,000 young women are newly infected every day. 3 out of 10 women did not receive ART medicines to prevent the transmission of HIV to their child, even though it’s available.
AIDS and Africa
70% of people living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa.
91% of the 3.2 million HIV-infected children live in sub-Saharan Africa.
85% of pregnant women living with HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa.
AIDS and India
There are 2.1 million people living with HIV in India, the 3rd highest number after South Africa and Nigeria.
Only 55% of those eligible are receiving ART treatment.
Stigma and discrimination present a significant barrier to people accessing healthcare services.
What it will take.
There is no vaccine or cure for AIDS, not today anyhow. And with 35 million people currently on treatment, we need to step up our efforts to get this epidemic under control.
No new infections
There are currently 11 million people receiving HIV medication. These medicines save lives and, if taken correctly, make people living with the virus up to 96% less likely to pass it to others. Testing is key. Treatment works. And treatment is prevention.
No barriers to treatment
HIV is intrinsically linked to issues of poverty, poor health and diet, gender inequality, and lack of education. These are issues that prevent people from getting the care they need. In joining the fight to end AIDS you are, in effect, also fighting these wrongs in our communities.
Stigma is the corrosive force that drives HIV and AIDS. We cannot get vulnerable people into care when they are cast out, isolated, and denied their basic human rights. But, with compassion and understanding, we can eliminate discrimination.