"Mothers" access to antiretroviral therapy to prevent the transmission of the virus to their babies has increased globally, reaching 82 percent, up from 44 percent less than 10 years ago, according to the release.
Even as Nigeria joins other countries to mark the 2019 World AIDS day, Chairperson, Oyo State Agency for the Control of AIDS (OYSACA), Engineer Mrs Tamunominini Makinde said reduced funding is putting Nigeria's HIV services and advocacy efforts in jeopardy.
Commemorated on December 1 each year, World Aids Day presents an opportunity for humanity worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an Aids-related illness. They have gone to the U.N.to advocate for the protection of human rights for people living with HIV & AIDS.
"The gains continue to be made against the epidemic, but those gains are getting smaller year after year", said Ninan Varughese, director of the UNAIDS New York office.
However, disparities between regions persist, with Eastern and Southern Africa offering the highest rates of coverage (92 per cent), followed by Latin America and the Caribbean (79 per cent), West and Central Africa (59 per cent), South Asia (56 per cent), East Asia and the Pacific (55 per cent) and the Middle East and North Africa (53 per cent).
He said the risk of being infected with HIV is 22 times higher among homosexual men and intravenous drug users, 21 times higher for sex workers, and 12 times higher for transgender persons.
"In sub-Saharan Africa, 4 in 5 new infections among adolescents age 15 to 19 are among girls", Varughese added. UNAIDS estimates a need of $26.2 billion for 2020.
The UN official noted that by empowering this group of people, the world will end the epidemic since it leads to the transformation of character.