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World Bank Hopes to end AIDS epidemic

Stigma and discrimination along with gender inequality are some of the social issues which are believed to be behind the spread of HIV/AIDS. The World Bank hopes to address that as a way to end the epidemic.

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim believes HIV is more than a medical problem and AIDS has devastating economic and social impacts on individuals, families and communities.

Speaking during the opening of the 19th International AIDS conference in Washington DC on Sunday, he said what is needed is social protection which is a critical piece towards a comprehensive AIDS response.

Stand up: “Over the last few years what started out as a scientific conference has grown to play a major role in the global response to HIV/AIDS.

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé has called for a more collaborative approach in closing the funding gap in the fight against HIV. He said treatment as a prevention method needs to be scaled up.

The Caribbean is hoping to use the AIDS Conference to bring back attention to the region. The Caribbean region is the second most affected region in the world after Sub-Saharan Africa. This is the first time that the United States is hosting the International Aids Conference in well over 2 decades.

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