World AIDS Day 2019

1 December is World AIDS Day.

HIV/AIDS is a key priority for health in Africa.  Of the 37.9 million people living with HIV globally, approximately 25.6 million live in Africa. Young women are particularly affected. Amongst children, 90% of HIV-infected or HIV-exposed uninfected children live in sub-Saharan Africa.  While excellent progress has been made in providing effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) and in prevention of mother to child transmission, current WHO estimates are that only 62% of those living with HIV are accessing ART.

HIV and TB co-infection is common, with TB currently the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, accounting for around one in three AIDS-related deaths worldwide.

Click here to download materials from the Forum International Respiratory Societies and PATS for World AIDS Day, with a key emphasis on strengthening strategies to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.