The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has announced results showing a significant increase in the number of people receiving treatment for HIV and in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of the virus.
As of June 2012, 3.6 million people living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral drugs in programs supported by the Global Fund, an increase of 600,000 since the end of 2010. And the number of pregnant women living with HIV who have received a complete course of antiretroviral treatment now totals 1.5 million. One factor contributing to these gains is the significant reduction in the cost of antiretroviral drugs, with a year's supply for the least expensive regimen now costing less than $100 per person, down from more than $10,000 in 2000.
In addition, the number of HIV testing and counseling sessions provided by Global Fund-supported programs increased 43 percent over the last eighteen months, to 210 million. According to the Global Fund, its programs have helped save 8.7 million lives since the organization was established in 2002.
"As we focus our resources to increase impact, preventing mother-to-child transmission is an area where we are achieving great success," said Gabriel Jaramillo, general manager of the Global Fund. "These results show that creating an AIDS-free generation is now possible, but only if we push harder to get there."