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Global Report: AIDS at a Crossroads

38.6 Million People Worldwide Living With HIV in 2005, Says United Nations

Treatment Gap

The U.N. reports that "between 2001 and 2005, the number of people on antiretroviral therapy in low- and middle-income countries increased from 240,000 to approximately 1.3 million."

"Globally, however, antiretroviral drugs still reach only one in five who need them," states the report.

The U.N. calls for steps including:

  • Sharply increase voluntary HIV counseling and testing.
  • Reduce HIV stigma.
  • Train and make better use of providers of HIV-related services.
  • Improve supply of drugs to treat HIV.
  • Integrate HIV care with other health services.
  • Increase attention to groups including men who have sex with men, IV drug users, sex workers, and prisoners.
  • Address the societal views, which place low status on women and girls.

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