680,000 people died from AIDS related diseases and 1.5 million people were infected in 2020 – even though people living with HIV can live long and healthy lives, and not pass on the virus, if they have access to medication.
In other words – there were 680,000 perfectly preventable deaths and 1.5 million new infections that could have been avoided.
AIDS is a perfectly avoidable disaster. AIDS-Fondet works to ensure that AIDS is avoided and that there are no deaths and no new infections by 2030. Or sooner.
HIV and AIDS by the end of 2020
people globally were living with HIV
people became newly infected with HIV
people died from AIDS-related illnesses
were accessing antiretroviral therapy
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
HIV and poverty
Worldwide, HIV plunges millions of people into poverty every year – it makes earners too sick to work, make breadwinners bedridden and keeps girls and young women out of school. In turn, poverty fuels HIV – many girls, young women, and men are forced to sell sex for survival.
Moreover, discrimination, stigma, and bigotry keep others – often the same – on the fringes of society where it is difficult to get formal employment, to access healthcare and to exercise basic democratic rights as well as enjoy human rights.
HIV is a challenge for those who live with the disease as well as a societal problem in countries where the HIV virus thrives and poses a considerable threat – especially in East and Southern Africa, but also in Eastern Europe, where the epidemic is on the rise.
The HIV epidemic disproportionately affects a handful of highly vulnerable groups, namely girls and young women in developing countries, and so-called Key Populations, notably men who have sex with men (MSM), sexworkers, and people who inject drugs.
AIDS-Fondet’s international work focuses on countries in regions with a high prevalence of HIV – where the embers of the AIDS epidemic are still pulsing at an alarming level. The work zooms in on vulnerable groups and seeks to address the factors that keep them at the center of the epidemic.
AIDS-Fondet works to bring both AIDS related deaths and new HIV infections down to zero by 2030.
A mission that goes hand in hand with tackling poverty, inequality, and discrimination – key factors that are fueling the spread of the virus.