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.