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Worldwide Medical Insurance News: World AIDS day is December 1st

Expatriates with private international medical insurance may wish to mark World AIDS Day, which takes place on December 1st this year.

An AVERT spokeswoman clamed around 34 million people have HIV, but there has been a fall in new infections of 15 per cent since 2001.

Furthermore, in the last five years, the number of individuals who have died from this condition or causes related to it has been curtailed by 21 per cent, the representative continued.

She said "significant steps" have been taken in the battle against this epidemic, with scientific breakthroughs and higher levels of access to treatment boosting the prospects of men and women with the virus significantly.

However, "it is important for the global community not to take their eye off the ball" regarding this disease, the expert stated.

She argued funding arrangements must ensure interventions that deal with the ailment are especially sustainable and effective and the fight to fully eradicate AIDS has to be a "policy priority".

This year, the World AIDS Day theme is Getting to Zero and organisers are imploring the international community to focus on achieving three major targets.

These are no more discrimination against people with HIV or AIDS, the number of AIDS-related deaths falling to nought and no new infections occurring.

World AIDS Day started on December 1st 1988 and focuses on raising funds and awareness, while boosting education and battling discrimination.

The disease has not gone away and many issues still have to be dealt with, the organisers claim.

Global financial trends have made finance more difficult to receive, the AVERT spokeswoman noted, pointing out money received fell "from US $8.7 billion (£5.6 billion) to $7.6 billion (£4.9 billion) between 2009 and 2010".

However, almost half of all those eligible to receive retroviral drugs are currently doing so, representing a rise of 1.39 million patients since 2009, the expert continued.

She added the scale-up in treatment, especially in countries with lower or more middling incomes, has been particularly important in cutting the number of AIDS-related mortalities.

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