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2015 has been a momentous year for the HIV response and global development. Bold commitments have been made to accelerate efforts towards the common goal of ending AIDS as a global public health threat by 2030.
Rural and suburban areas of the United States of America are lacking the harm reduction services needed to support increasing numbers of people who inject drugs.
Testing HIV positive was the beginning of Margaret Mbabazi’s anguish. It never crossed her mind that her husband and the father of her four children could chase her away from their marital home. But when he tested HIV negative that is exactly what happened.
This World Aids Day, British politicians and HIV activists from around the world held a panel discussion at the UK government offices to explore HIV testing and treatment access challenges for marginalised groups, including men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who inject drugs and transgender people.
As we mark the 28th World AIDS Day, I reflect back on the unprecedented progress made in response to a global health and development challenge affecting hundreds of millions of people. I also look back on what has been harder to make progress on, and why HIV-related stigma remains one the biggest challenges we have yet to fully overcome.
To mark World AIDS Day (1 December 2015) HIV charity AVERT has launched an animation to help people overcome fears and worries about HIV – something which is stopping millions of people from getting tested for the virus.
46% of people living with HIV do not know they have it. Stigma surrounding HIV remains one of the biggest reasons people are not testing.
Incredible progress has been made in scaling up HIV treatment globally - 15.8 million people are now accessing antiretroviral treatment
. This has increased dramatically from just 2.2 million in 2005 and 7.5 million in 2010. “Every five years we have more than doubled the number of people on life-saving treatment,” said Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director, in their World AIDS Day 2015 report. “We need to do it just one more time to break the AIDS epidemic and keep it from rebounding.”
A recent report has revealed that almost half of people who inject drugs in the United Kingdom are unaware they have hepatitis C.
Ndaula Hamidu, 24, was born with HIV and is now an advocate for sexual and reproductive rights and services, including family planning – issues he says concern young men as well as young women.