HIV continues to be a major public health problem worldwide. In 2018, an estimated 37.9 million people live with HIV (including 1.7 million children), and adult HIV prevalence is 0.8%. About 21% of these people do not know that they have a virus.
After the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, outbreaks of HIV infection can begin around the world, experts say. In some regions, due to the self-isolation regime, the so-called low-threshold testing for immunodeficiency virus has been suspended: AIDS centers only work on drug distribution and only take seriously ill patients. Therefore, new infections are not detected, which means that HIV can be transmitted further.
Another problem is the lack of antiretroviral drugs. Some of them are now actively used to treat patients with COVID-19.
For the world to end AIDS by 2030, adequate and reasonable funding is needed. But since 2000, the resources allocated to the fight against AIDS around the world have declined.
Fighting AIDS is a life-saving investment that pays off many times over.
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