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GLOBAL REPORT UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic 2013

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Geneva, UNAIDS, 2012

This report summarizes progress towards the targets and elimination commitments established in the 2011 UN Political Declaration, which support achievement of MDG 6. Specifically, the report describes both gains and persistent challenges for 10 targets and commitments. The pledges made by countries in the 2011 UN Political Declaration include specific improvements in health outcomes (e.g. 50% reductions in both sexual and drug-related HIV and the transmission, elimination of new HIV infections among children); coverage and resource targets (e.g. reaching 15 million people with HIV treatment, mobilizing US$ 22–24 billion for HIV programmes); elimination targets (e.g. elimination of stigma and discrimination, gender inequalities and restrictions on entry, stay and residence); and steps to ensure the sustainability of the response (e.g. integrating HIV with other health and development efforts). Globally, an estimated 35.3 (32.2–38.8) million people were living with HIV in 2012. An increase from previous years as more people are receiving the life-saving antiretroviral therapy. There were 2.3 (1.9–2.7) million new HIV infections globally, showing a 33% decline in the number of new infections from 3.4 (3.1–3.7) million in 2001. At the same time the number of AIDS deaths is also declining with 1.6 (1.4–1.9) million AIDS deaths in 2012, down from 2.3 (2.1–2.6) million in 2005 (see Figure A). As this report reveals, striking gains have been made towards many of the 2015 targets and elimination commitments, although significant challenges remain.