World AIDS Day: ‘The world keeps failing children’

  • Swaminathan Natarajan
  • BBC World Service

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It was the summer of 1981 when health officials first became aware of the existence of HIV/AIDS.

In the 1980s, an AIDS diagnosis was like issuing a “death sentence,” but with great advances in medical science it is now largely possible for HIV patients to lead normal, healthy lives.

But the latest data from the United Nations indicate that children living with HIV are not getting the attention they need.

“The world continues to fail children in the AIDS response,” says Foday Simaga, director of Global Practice for Science, Systems and Services for All at UNAIDS. “New HIV infections among children can be prevented, yet there are 160,000 new infected children in 2021.

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