Mexico City, July 20 10 (CIMAC) .- While the governments of the world do not undertake drastic actions to reduce the high incidence of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV / AIDS), considered the first cause of death of the women of reproductive age , "we will not be able to turn the pandemic around", which causes the death of five thousand people every day.
Yves Souteyrand, coordinator of the Strategic Information Unit of the HIV / AIDS department of the World Health Organization (WHO), said during the inauguration of the XVIII International Conference on AIDS (AIDS 2010), which takes place from July 18 to 23, in Vienna, Austria.
At the inauguration last Sunday, the specialist explained that in the last 15 years, a "Drastic" advance in the knowledge of the pandemic , but this only means half of the work to solve the problem, the rest corresponds to government actions, which to date are insufficient to deal with the spread of HIV / AIDS.
While, Knowing the problem is vital to protect human rights , by the "way of the facts" it is required "a drastic action or we will not be able to turn around the pandemic", he warned.
In his paper entitled The state of the epidemic: Human rights and epidemiology , the expert pointed out that at the end of 2008, 33.4 million people were living with HIV, of which 2.1 million were under 15 years old.
The prevalence of the pandemic is 0.8% in the world population, the global number of people with HIV continues to grow, due to the population increase, the high incidence, and the reduction of mortality of people living with the virus.
During 2008, there were 2.7 million people who contracted HIV, of whom 300,000 are minors. In that year 2 million people died due to the virus, including 280 thousand girls and boys.
It is estimated that every day 5 thousand people die for this cause , 7,400 people get sick and only 300 more people get antiretroviral therapy.
Due to the increased use of antiretroviral therapies, mortality decreased since 2004 with a maximum of 2 million deaths. The The impact of this treatment prevents thousands of infections and allows people living with the virus to stay alive, Souteyrand said.