HIV/AIDS

1 December 2012

World AIDS Day 2012: Getting to Zero

IRIN

27 November 2012 -- Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero deaths from AIDS-related illness. Zero discrimination is the theme of World AIDS Day 2012. Given the spread of the epidemic today, getting to zero may sound difficult but significant progress is underway.

In 2011, 2.5 million people were newly infected with HIV. An estimated 1.7 million people died. That is 700 000 fewer new infections worldwide than ten years ago, and 600 000 fewer deaths than in 2005.

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34 million34 million people living with HIV.

Online Q&A about HIV/AIDS

54%54% of eligible people have access to antiretroviral therapy, which also has prevention benefits.

Fact sheet on HIV/AIDS

7 millionAround 7 million eligible people are waiting for antiretroviral therapy.

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World AIDS Day highlights

  • Note for the media

    World AIDS Day 2012: Closing in on global HIV targets

    "Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero deaths from AIDS-related illness. Zero discrimination" is the theme of World AIDS Day 2012. Given the spread of the epidemic today, getting to zero may sound difficult but significant progress is underway.

  • Feature story

    Living with HIV when one partner is positive and the other is negative

    WHO estimates that globally as many as half of all HIV-positive people in long-term relationships have HIV-negative partners – forming what are known as serodiscordant couples. It is estimated that half of people living with HIV still do not know that they are infected, and many people do not know their partner’s status.

  • Statement

    WHO, UNAIDS re-affirm opposition to mandatory HIV testing

    HIV testing and counselling is a critical and essential gateway to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support services. WHO and UNAIDS do not support mandatory or compulsory testing of individuals on public health grounds.

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    • Helping to get 15 million people onto antiretroviral treatment by 2015
      Just over half of the 15 million people who need antiretroviral treatment are getting it. One key to increasing access to treatment is scaling up of voluntary testing and counseling, so that people who need treatment including couples know their HIV status and access the treatment they need.

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HIV/AIDS Department
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CH-1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland
Email: hiv-aids@who.int