Geneva, Dec 1.- The World Health Organization (WHO) called for nondiscrimination in the fight against AIDS, on the occasion of the celebration of the world day of the fight against AIDS.
Everyone counts if we want to achieve universal health coverage, as well as eliminate AIDS and hepatitis, as major threats to public health, the director general of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, said in a statement.
According to Adhanom, health services should adapt to meet the needs of the most exposed and affected populations, and that includes a policy of zero tolerance to stigma and discrimination in all health institutions.
The director regretted the level of exclusion after decades of recognition of the fundamental role of communities in driving the response to HIV.
However, we have come a long way in the last 30 years, and one sign is that currently, 21 million people receive antiretroviral therapy against the disease that allows them to live full and productive lives, he acknowledged.
To give you an idea, there are 36.7 million people living with HIV in the world, of whom 20.9 million had access to these specific antiviral drugs in mid-2017, four times more than in 2000 and 1.2 more than in 2015.
Every day there are fewer people infected with HIV and there are also fewer deaths, but these successes are hiding the disparities and challenges that remain in force, he warned. (Prensa Latina)