Key high-risk HIV groups threatens AIDS progress, warns the WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland GENEVA/LONDON – Five key groups, including gay men, prostitutes and prisoners, have stubbornly high rates of HIV that are threatening progress in the global AIDS battle, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. These people are most at risk of becoming infected with the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS, yet are least likely to get HIV prevention, testing and treatment services, the Geneva-based United Nations health agency said. “Globally we are failing certain populations that have the greatest risk yet we know have universally poorer access to health services. “We are seeing exploding epidemics in some of these key populations,” he said, adding that these groups account for up to 50 percent of new cases of HIV infection.
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