Expert meeting: Sufficient funding required to fight HIV
Enormous progress has been made in the fight against HIV in recent years, but the global community cannot rest on that. At an international conference, scientists have now made a drastic appeal to the United States and other donors and demanded sufficient funding to fight the AIDS virus.
The fight against HIV must continue
Almost 37 million people worldwide currently live with the AIDS virus HIV. The United Nations agreed on an ambitious plan last year: the global AIDS epidemic should end by 2030. The UN had announced a turnaround in the previous year and announced that there were around 40 percent fewer HIV deaths worldwide. But there are still new infections. The fight against HIV must continue. Sufficient financial resources are required for this.
Financial cuts cost lives
An international conference to fight AIDS has started in Paris with a dramatic appeal to the United States and other donors.
According to a report by the APA news agency, the president of the International Aids Society (IAS), Linda-Gail Bekker, said the "draconian" budget cuts announced by US President Donald Trump would cost lives.
The U.S. is said to be the world's largest donor.
Until Wednesday, more than 6,000 scientists in the French capital will be advised on progress in combating immunodeficiency.
Sufficient funding required
The HIV epidemic cannot be overcome without research. As the HIV researchers in Paris explained, scientific knowledge has been the basis in the fight against the HI virus that causes the immune deficiency disease AIDS in the past 30 years.
Adequate funding is required in the “Paris Declaration”.
The experts write: "Without a determined commitment to research, we cannot achieve the ambitious international goals of offering lifelong treatment for the 37 million people living with HIV and containing the epidemic."
Research is well advanced
Research has indeed progressed well in the past decades. According to experts, it may also be possible to cure AIDS in the future.
Just a few weeks ago, scientists from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (USA) reported in the journal "Molecular Therapy" that they had achieved an important breakthrough in the treatment of HIV.
In experiments, they were able to separate the virus from infected cells using the latest genetic editing technology.
Research has also made great strides in prevention. So it was possible to develop a drug that could massively reduce the number of new HIV infections in men. The means to protect against AIDS will also be approved in the EU in the future.
The number of deaths has halved
According to the APA, the United Nations (UN) had announced before the meeting that it was seeing progress in the fight against HIV.
According to UN figures, for the first time more than half of the 36.7 million HIV-infected people worldwide are being treated with antiretroviral drugs that contain the pathogen.
Another positive news: The number of deaths has halved since 2005 to one million a year. (ad)