ABIDJAN/DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 5 December 2017 – More than four decades into the HIV epidemic, four in five children living with HIV in West and Central Africa are still not receiving life-saving antiretroviral therapy, and AIDS-related deaths among adolescents aged 15-19 are on the rise, according to a new report released today.
UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé met with the President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, on 26 November in Malabo. During the meeting, Mr Sidibé stressed the need for Equatorial Guinea to decentralize HIV testing and access to treatment to the district level.
With HIV prevalence estimated at 6.2% in 2014, Equatorial Guinea has taken steps to scale up its response to HIV. The country is fully funding its HIV response and access to treatment is free of charge.