In Ireland, 489 new cases of HIV have been reported in 2019 to date. Treatment is available for those living with HIV here but this is not always the case in developing countries across the world.
Globally, in 2018, 38% of adults and 46% of children living with HIV were not receiving lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART).
Lack of access to ART is affecting the extreme poor and most marginalised groups. Sadly, due to gaps in HIV services, 770,000 people died from HIV-related illnesses and 1.7m people became newly infected in 2018.
There is still no cure for HIV infection.
The good news is that HIV medication is proven to work for those who have access to it and between 2000 and 2018, new infections fell by 37% globally and HIV-related deaths were down by 45%.
More than 13.6m lives have been saved by ART, and Concern is working with partners and local communities to continue to support the response to both HIV and AIDS.
In Bangladesh, Burundi and in Sudan, our teams have responded through targeted awareness raising, messaging, outreach sessions and HIV prevention education.
HIV is addressed in the Liberia Agriculture programme and in collaboration with the National AIDS Commission on World AIDS Day events.
In the Burundi graduation from poverty programme, 14 community outreach sessions on HIV, family planning, and family related laws were conducted, and linkages were established with service providers in health centres. In our youth livelihoods programme, training sessions included HIV and AIDS and family planning topics.
In Sudan, we are responding through our emergency response programme, with awareness raising, messaging and HIV prevention education. This is done through one-to-one consultations, community dialogues and institutional level capacity building. The response, funded by the EU and Irish Aid, is now countrywide within all programmes.
In Ethiopia, national adult HIV prevalence now stands at 1.0%, so ongoing attention is warranted. This is particularly urgent in view of the youth and gender vulnerabilities in-country, and for the protection of women.