Durban (Agenzia Fides) - The 21st International Aids conference started yesterday, July 18, and will end July 22, in Durban, South Africa. More than 18,000 among doctors, politicians, world leaders, and HIV-positive people have gathered to discuss the current state of the epidemic and how to Improve access to antiretroviral treatment, reaching priority groups and consolidating a strategy for ending Aids by 2020. Since the beginning of the epidemic, recalls UNAIDS in the letter sent to Agenzia Fides, about 35 million people have died of AIDS-related diseases and it is estimated that there are 78 million people infected with HIV.
"This ambitious goal will not be achieved without concerted efforts on behalf of individual countries; a significant expansion of the distribution of the test; making sure people get and stay on antiretroviral therapies; provide testing, treatment initiation and support them on lifelong treatment". This is what Doctors Without Borders (MSF) highlight. Here MSF brings its own experience, sharing the results of operational research in countries in West and Central Africa, where at present barely one in four people among the 6.5 million with HIV in the region have access to treatment and where nearly one third of AIDS-related deaths globally occur in the region. Today, MSF provides treatment for over 250,000 people living in 19 countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 19/07/2016)