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UN chief: more effort needed to beat aids

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Added On June 14, 2018

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the world needs to stay focused, if it is to eliminate AIDS for good.

Speaking to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Guterres said the world is making good progress toward ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

But he warned that the progress is uneven and fragile.
 
SOUNDBITE(English)ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General:
"On all continents, key populations at higher risk of infection continue to be left further and further behind. And young women remain unacceptably vulnerable where prevalence is high."
The UN chief asked authorities to empower young people to protect themselves from HIV, the cause of AIDS.
 
SOUNDBITE(English)ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General:
"This includes providing a full range of sexual and reproductive health services and rights, harm reduction for people who use drugs, and access to anti-retroviral treatment for young people living with HIV."
 
Access to anti-retroviral therapy has expanded by more than 20 million people since 1990. Mother-to-child transmission continues to decline, and fewer children are living with HIV.
 
With all these successes, Guterres said the world is moving closer to an AIDS-free generation.
 
SOUNDBITE(English)ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General:
"At this pivotal moment, we must renew our focus and shared commitment to a world free of AIDS. The pandemic is not over, but it can be. We must all do our part."