Opening address to 3rd Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference (EECAAC 2009), by Michel Sidibé
Where is the world HIV epidemic today? Like Winston Churchill said in 1942, “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning”. Today, over 33 million people worldwide live with HIV. 7,400 people are newly infected every day. For every 2 persons who are placed on antiretroviral treatment, 5 people are newly infected. 2 million people still die of AIDS every year. We have yet to break the trajectory of the epidemic.