Bangalore: The deadliest disease, HIV AIDS finally has a fall in its death rates. The previous annual report by United Nations (UN) on HIV, said that there were around 35.3 million people worldwide who were infected with the virus, but the current scenario is different as more number of people are now getting treated.
Also, the number of people affected by the disease dropped to 2.3 million in 2012 down from 2.5 million in 2011.
The virus that causes AIDS spreads through blood, breast milk and by semen during sex, but can be controlled with cocktails of drugs known as antiretroviral treatment or therapy.
From 2012 till date, people from poor and middle class countries have got better access to such AIDS drugs.
The UN report said that since 2001, there has been a 52 percent fall in HIV infections among children. A 33 percent dropdown is seen in newly infected adults and children altogether.In 2011, UN members agreed to set a target for providing HIV treatment to 15 million people by 2015.
Countries have leveled up their treatment coverage and an early action for HIV treatment can reduce its spread. The World Health Organization has prepared a new set of guidelines in 2013, by which more than 10 million will be provided with medical facilities.
UN AIDS' executive director, Michel Sidibé, said that the international administration should target on beating the 2015 goal.
"Not only can we meet the 2015 target of 15 million people on HIV treatment, we must also go beyond and have the vision and commitment to ensure no one is left behind," he said in a statement
The report implies that many countries have increased their domestic spending on the epidemic, despite a knock-down in funding for HIV.
On a global basis, the total funding for the fight against HIV and AIDS in 2012 was $18.9 billion which is about $3 billion to $5 billion less from the estimated $22 billion to $24 billion required by 2015.