UNGA Declaration on AIDS Epidemic

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AIDS is a worldwide epidemic that affects all countries. The impacts of AIDS range from social, cultural, psychological to economic, and political.  Evidently, worldwide an estimated 33 million people are living with HIV, including more than 1 million in the United States. As a foundation for understanding the global impact of HIV/AIDS, it is helpful to consider the biology and transmission of the disease, as well as how it can affect life on both individual and community levels. World leaders in the UN General Assembly have committed to “urgent and transformative action” to end the gender inequalities, restrictive laws, and multiple forms of discrimination perpetuating the global AIDS epidemic, adopting a Political Declaration that spells out measures to stop the disease by 2030. The COVID-19 pandemic, conflict, and humanitarian emergencies have impeded progress as health systems are under immense strain, and critical services and supply chains are disrupted. In addition to that, climate-based disasters, prevalent in areas with a high HIV burden, pose additional risks to the most vulnerable, triggering stigma and discrimination and further isolating those already marginalized.

Nevertheless, Since most of the people infected are from 20-49 years of age, their most productive years, a country’s social and economic development is threatened. Education is presently the only way to prevent the spread of AIDS, and therefore all governments, as well as health and medical professional must make an extraordinary commitment. indeed, The end of AIDS is within reach, but urgent action is needed, therefore collective global  Political Declaration, reaffirming their international resolve to meet that objective.

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