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HOME: POPULATION ISSUES: PREVENTING HIV INFECTION: HIV/AIDS Update 2002
Preventing HIV Infection
HIV/AIDS Update 2002
Strategy for Prevention
Country Commitments
Regional Response
Global Action
Conclusion: Challenges
Conclusion: Challenges

Signs of progress
Financial resources

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Signs of progress


“Based on current trends, AIDS will kill 68 million people in the 45 worst-affected countries over the next 20 years. But this need not happen. We know prevention works. The global AIDS response is poised to enter a new era, in which leadership and commitment are at long last matched with the resources needed to get on with the job. Investment in HIV/AIDS will be repaid a thousand-fold in lives saved and communities held together.”

Peter Piot
Executive Director, UNAIDS

HIV prevention initiatives are underway in nearly all of the more than 140 countries in which the Fund operates.

This is good news, especially when factored alongside the many other actions taken by partners in UNAIDS, governments and NGOs to fight HIV/AIDS.

In more and more countries, laws and policies are promoting prevention and protecting people living with HIV/AIDS—and helping to reduce the shame and stigma long associated with HIV/AIDS.

Medical research is looking for a vaccine and, with increasing assistance from pharmaceutical companies, progress has been made in the development of microbicides and access to low-cost antiretroviral drugs.

In several countries, prevention programmes have helped slow the spread of infection and more care, support and treatment is available to adults, young people and children affected by the epidemic.

Recently, at the UNGASS on HIV/AIDS, the unprecedented level of political commitment has demonstrated a truly global awareness of the need for action to fight HIV/AIDS.

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