"Accurate and credible data on the HIV epidemic are the cornerstone of the AIDS response." - Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) collects and publishes information on the state of the world's HIV epidemic, sharing the full data set of information for 1990 to 2015 on an interactive website. This information has shaped and guided the development of the response to HIV in regions, countries, and cities worldwide. This 2017 edition of UNAIDS data contains the highlights of recent data - global and regional - on the world's response to HIV, consolidating a small part of the huge volume of data collected, analysed, and refined by UNAIDS over the years.
The reader learns, for example, that global scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) has been the primary contributor to a 48% decline in deaths from AIDS-related causes, from a peak of 1.9 million [1.7 million-2.2 million] in 2005 to 1.0 million [830,000-1 2 million] in 2016. The number of children (aged 0-14 years) dying of AIDS-related illnesses has been nearly cut in half in just six years, from 210,000 [160,000-260,000] in 2010 to 120,000 [79,000-160,000] in 2016. However, the pace of decline in new HIV infections is far too slow to reach the Fast-Track Target agreed upon by the United Nations General Assembly in 2016: fewer than 500 000 new infections per year by 2020.
Data by country include, among other categories, stigma and discrimation (people who report having discriminatory attitudes towards people living with HIV) and policies and regulations (e.g., criminalisation of transmission of, nondisclosure of, or exposure to HIV).
Email from Shona Wynd to The Communication Initiative on October 16 2017; and UNAIDS website, October 16 2017. Image credit: UNAIDS