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Need to focus on preventing new HIV infections and eliminating HIV-related stigma: UN Chief
On the occasion of the World AIDS Day (December 1) this year, UN Chief, Ban Ki-moon, while applauding the efforts of activists and health workers for fighting for global progress against HIV-AIDS said, "World leaders have unanimously committed to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in September. This commitment reflects the power of solidarity to forge, from a destructive disease, one of the most inclusive movements in modern history."
Making a call for a Fast-Track approach to front-load investments to close the gap between needs and services, Ban added, "To break the epidemic and prevent it from rebounding, we must act on all fronts. We need to more than double the number of people on life-changing treatment to reach all 37 million of those living with HIV. We need to provide adolescent girls and young women with access to education and real options to protect themselves from HIV. And we need to provide key populations with full access to services delivered with dignity and respect."

He also said the new strategy has been launched to ensure the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents within a generation with a focus to prevent new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths while eliminating HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

On this World AIDS Day, let us pay tribute to all those who have lost their lives to this disease by renewing our resolve to stand for justice, access and greater hope around the world, Ban said in his message.

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