Just a year ago it seemed we were on the verge of eliminating AIDS in children by the year 2020. Today, it’s clear that that progression has been halted.This year’s UNAIDS report estimated that there were 160,000 new HIV infections in children in 2016 which was down only 10,000 from the year before.
Children are also being left behind in access to lifesaving treatment. Only 43% of infants and children in need have HIV treatment have access to it. Tragically, half of the children living with HIV die before their second birthdays without access to treatment.
However, there is hope! For the first time in years we are seeing major effort to create more affordable, efficient HIV treatments for children, which up until now have only been available for adults. Programs are also being developed to help identify babies who need HIV treatment. With these new innovations, HIV will be eliminated sooner rather then later.
Sources: Erika Walton, usatoday.com
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