“The HIV epidemic is one of the greatest humanitarian crises in recent history. A disaster that has claimed the lives of more than 32 million people.
It is an epidemic that thrives where basic human rights are violated and where prejudice and discrimination flourish.
Inequality, poverty and bigotry fuel the HIV epidemic.”
Lars Christian Østergreen, CEO AIDS-Fondet
Why HIV some may ask?
690,000 people died from AIDS related diseases and 1.5 million people were infected in 2020 – despite the fact that modern HIV medicine offers people living with HIV long and healthy lives and eliminate the risk of passing the virus on.
In other words – there were 690,000 perfectly preventable deaths and 1.5 million new infections that could have been avoided.
That’s why the world needs to keep the effort up to end AIDS – because we are not yet in the clear.
AIDS-Fondet works to bring an end to the AIDS epidemic, prevent AIDS related deaths and avoid new infections by 2030. In Denmark and in the world.
people died of AIDS related diseases in 2020
People were infected in 2020
People were living with HIV in 2020
The link to poverty, inequality, and discrimination
The link to poverty, inequality and discrimination
Until the mid-1990s HIV killed every single person it infected. But with the advent of modern HIV medicine – known as antiretroviral therapy – that changed. Although it does not cure HIV, modern antiretroviral therapy (ART) suppresses the virus to levels where it cannot transmit to others.
“Today’s HIV medicine is so effective that it allows people living with HIV to live long and healthy lives – without the risk of passing the virus on to partners”
All over the world men who have sex with men, sex workers, trans people, prisoners and drug users continue to be stigmatised, criminalised and discriminated. This not only violates their universal human rights; it also fuels the HIV epidemic.
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