AIDS rates have slowly climbed in Brazil
HIV and AIDS rates slowly climb in Brazil

AIDS rates have slowly climbed in Brazil

Despite an overall 11 percent global decrease in HIV diagnoses, the virus is on the rise in Brazil. According to UNAIDS, the UN body responsible for monitoring HIV and AIDS rates across the planet, cases rose by 3 percent in Brazil during 2016. Experts and health professionals worry that this could get worse, as the debt-burdened federal government fails to deliver adequate budgetary resources.

Developments already represent a big change for Brazil: in 2007, the country became the first developing nation to break with patents and provide HIV treatments through its universal healthcare system. The results led to Brazil’s position as a global model for tackling HIV and AIDS. Yet with just 6 percent of its latest HIV and AIDS funding going towards prevention, infection rates are only likely to increase.

Another trend causing concern among analysts is the growing rate of infection among young men. Infection rates decreased among young women between 2006 and 2015, but nearly tripled among men between 15 and 19 years old. Overall, while two men were diagnosed with HIV for every one woman in 2006, by 2015 this ratio had skyrocketed to three men diagnosed for every one woman. Meanwhile, UNAIDS’ 2017 report estimates there is one new HIV diagnosis approximately every 15 minutes in Brazil.

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SocietyDec 01, 2017

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