Incredible progress has been made in the HIV response. Fifteen years ago, less than 200,000 people were accessing treatment and the epidemic was growing fast. Today, we have 19.5 million people accessing treatment – but we’re still only halfway there. 17.2 million people are still not accessing treatment.
The rate of HIV infection remains stubbornly high, and hasn’t declined amongst adults since 2010. 1.8 million people acquired HIV in 2016. Key populations (sex workers, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men and transgender people) continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV. 1 million people died of AIDS related illnesses in 2016. 1/3 of these deaths were caused by TB. HIV remains the number one killer of women of a reproductive age and the number two killer of adolescents.