UNAIDS Releases its Global AIDS Update for 2016

The UN has released its Global AIDS Update for 2016, a week before the High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS is scheduled to take place in New York.

Among the report’s key findings is that in the past two years, the number of people living with HIV on anti-retroviral therapy has increased by about a third, reaching 17 million people globally. However, there were an estimated 2.1 million new HIV infections diagnosed in 2015, highlighting the importance of sustained prevention and treatment interventions.

In Cambodia, an estimated 25% of PLHIV do not have access to ARV therapy, and up to 15,000 PLHIV are still unaware of their HIV status.

Quoted today in The Phnom Penh Post, UNAIDS Cambodia representative Marie-Odile Emond commented that “Cambodia remains in the top league of countries with a successful AIDS response and continues year by year to make steady progress in reducing new HIV infections and expanding access to HIV treatment with progressive policies and good practice.”

You can download the 2016 update here.