18.2 million people now on antiretroviral therapy, UN agency says

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A UNAIDS report released on Monday in Namibia shows that 18.2 million people are now on antiretroviral therapy.

The latest figures show that an additional one million people have accesses treatment in just six months (January to June 2016).

“If these efforts are sustained and increased, the world will be on track to achieve the target of 30 million people on treatment by 2020,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at the launch.

Released ahead of World Aids Day, which falls on Dec. 1, the new report said that people are particularly vulnerable to HIV at certain points in their lives and calls for a life-cycle approach to find solutions for everyone at every stage of life, he added.

However, the UN agency also warned that 15-24 years of age is a highly dangerous time for young women.

Meanwhile, the report also said that the life-extending impact of treatment is working. In 2015, there were more people over the age of 50 living with HIV than ever before — 5.8 million.