HIV & AIDS
Worldwide, The Global Fund partnership has achieved what was once considered impossible. AIDS-related deaths have dropped by 68% since the peak of the epidemic in 2004 in countries where the Global Fund invests. In Uganda, the HIV/AIDS Infection status among different age groups has dropped to below 10%.
HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus, which targets the immune system and weakens people’s defense systems. AIDS is acquired immune deficiency syndrome, the most advanced stage of HIV infection.
Today, with access to treatment, an HIV-positive person can expect to have the same lifespan as someone who is HIV-negative. One of the cornerstones of this lifesaving treatment is the use of antiretrovirals (ARVs). While ARVs are not a cure, people living with HIV who take ARVs effectively and whose level of HIV is suppressed to undetectable levels will not transmit HIV sexually.