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The United Nations released a new report on Tuesday (July 16, 2019) that reveals the extent to which HIV prevention efforts in the world have shown a number of positive developments and other warning signs.

Of the nearly 38 million HIV-positive people in the world, 23.3 million are receiving treatment. Although early detection of the disease and subsequent patient access to appropriate drugs can reduce mortality most of the time, death rates remain high around the world.

According to UNAIDS, 770,000 people worldwide lost their lives in 2018 due to HIV. South Africa has succeeded in reducing HIV infection rates and mortality rates to around 40 per cent.

But while some countries have made "spectacular" progress in fighting HIV, HIV rates and death rates have risen in other countries. The report has noted "alarming" indicators of recent HIV infections in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America, The highest HIV infection rates in the Eastern and Southern African regions.

According to the report, more than half of the HIV infections in 2018 occurred between drug addicts, prisoners, homosexuals and those who had sex with such groups, especially in the absence of infection prevention services and tools for many of them.

"It is time to put a road map for people and sites left without attention, and we must adopt a human rights-based approach to reach the people most affected by the virus," said UNAIDS Executive Director Gunilla Carlson.

The report warned of a massive reduction in the funding of HIV programs in 2018, amounting to about one billion dollars. The program also announced that it had managed to raise $ 19 billion out of the $ 26 billion previously announced before 2020.

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