UNAIDS statement to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, 12 April 2021

UNAIDS statement to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, 12 April 2021
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Our progress towards ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 was already off track before the COVID-19 outbreak. Now this crisis has the potential to blow us even further off course.

Decades of experience in responding to HIV are being used in the response to the coronavirus. Community-led service delivery pioneered by the HIV response is helping to overcome the extraordinary impediments created by COVID-19.

Key populations continue to be left behind. Annual HIV infections among people who inject drugs have barely changed. Key populations and their sexual partners accounted for 62% of all new infections worldwide in 2019. To give one example, in eastern Europe and central Asia an estimated 48% of new infections occur among people who inject drugs.

Published in 2021 by UNAIDS
Ninan Varughese