After the scientists claimed to have discovered an AIDS vaccine that may completely clear the traces of HIV viruses from the body, here is another piece of good news for the world.
A top UN official has said the global AIDS epidemic could be over by 2030 amidst remarkable progress in treatment and control of the disease.
“I think that 2030 is a viable target to say that we have reached the end of the epidemic,” said Luis Loures, a deputy executive director of UNAIDS, the UN agency leading the fight against HIV/AIDS.
“HIV will continue existing as a case but not at the epidemic level we have today,” he added.
About 3 million new HIV infections are reported each year and the disease is responsible for killing 1.7 million people a year.
“We can get to the end of the epidemic because we have treatments and ways to control the infection,” said Loures while adding, “We are making progress, without a doubt.”
The treatment in the field has witnessed a significant improvement with cheaper and better medical facilities. Two decades ago the average annual cost of treatment per person with HIV was USD 19,000 while today it is USD 150 thanks to generic drugs.
Moreover, people with HIV are getting treatment earlier, which retards the disease’s development.
According to UNAIDS, the annual incidence of new infections has fallen 20 percent over the past decade, and in 25 countries, including 13 in sub-Saharan Africa, it has fallen by 50 percent.