Let Covid-19 Not Derail Our Fight Against AIDS
The Free Press Journal|December 02, 2021
In the last two years, we have seen how the Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on cancer patients, CVDs and more.
Dr Anita Mathew

But less is spoken about the damage done in terms of impact on deadly infectious diseases such as HIV. According to a Global Fund report that compared 2019 and 2020 data, Covid-19 has been the most significant setback in the fight against HIV, TB and malaria, that they have encountered in the two decades.

How Covid impacted AIDS intervention

As the country went into lockdown and resources were diverted to combat the pandemic, prevention, testing and treatment services for all these diseases dropped precipitously, although the impacts vary for each disease. Hard-won gains in HIV prevention, with the number of people newly infected with HIV declining by 23% since 2010, were put in danger of being reversed by the Covid19 pandemic—and populations already left behind were also at risk of falling further behind.

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