74 million HIV infections reported after 40 years of AIDS epidemic

Over 75 million HIV infections and 32 million deaths globally have been reported till now, after forty years ago, on 5 June 1981, the Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicated the global AIDS epidemic, reported UNAIDS in a press release.

Since the 1980s, the world has experienced remarkable times in science and activism, and, in the last year of AIDS’ 40th decade, a global pandemic so unprecedented and brutal has made everyone rethink their readiness for health emergencies.

The lesson from the simultaneous epidemics of HIV and COVID-19 is that if we do not keep human rights and social justice at the centre of our action we will definitely fail.

With less than ten years left to touch our common goal of ending AIDS by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, the carrying on of the recent Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026 – End Inequalities. End AIDS. by the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board at the start of the year has been a crucial moment in the world’s AIDS response.