Today is World AIDS Day, which looks at the steps being taken to control the virus and help millions of people around the world.
The World Health Organization says there are currently 38 million people living with the virus worldwide, 67 percent of whom are in Africa.
The World Health Organization says that in 2019 more than one million people were infected in Africa, reaching 60 percent of the world’s new cases, and another 440,000 died as a result.
World Aids Day – The theme of this year’s event is “Cooperation and Responsibility” for the importance of controlling the virus as it is today in relation to coronavirus, which has prompted governments and communities to take action and improve the prevention and control of the disease.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa, said the coronavirus pandemic was also affecting people with HIV, making it impossible to identify infected children for treatment, seeing as women and children between the ages of 15 and 24 make up 37 percent of the new HIV infections worldwide.
The United Nation says that despite the challenges, progress has been made in 2020, with 81 percent of those living with the disease aware of their status, while 70 percent of them are adults and 53 percent of children are receiving help that also includes 85% of pregnant and lactating women.