Since the creation of the Global Fund over 20 years ago, our partnership has achieved what was once considered impossible. Efforts by communities, governments, civil society, the private sector and global health partners have resulted in extraordinary progress in the fight against HIV. Globally, new HIV infections declined from 2.2 million in 2010 to 1.5 million in 2021, and the expansion of treatment has led to a 50% reduction in AIDS-related deaths over this period. But the COVID-19 pandemic pushed us off track.
The world missed every single global HIV target in 2020, and at the end of 2021 we still had not achieved every 2020 target. Vulnerable groups, especially children and adolescent girls and young women, are still being left behind. In 2021, only 52% of the children infected with HIV globally were getting the lifesaving treatment they need. In sub-Saharan Africa, adolescent girls and young women are three times as likely to acquire HIV as adolescent boys and young men.
This year, with the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment conference, the world has an opportunity to invest more to protect our hard-won gains and support countries in their efforts to revitalize and sustain the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Trends in new HIV infections
In countries where the Global Fund invests
HIV and AIDS by the Numbers:
- The Global Fund provides 30% of all international financing for HIV programs.
- We have invested US$24.2 billion in programs to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS as of June 2022.
- We have invested US$5 billion in TB/HIV programs as of June 2022.
- 12.5m people were reached with HIV prevention services in 2021.
- Around 670,000 HIV-positive mothers received medicine to keep themselves alive and prevent transmission of HIV to their babies in 2021.
Testing and Treatment
- 23.3m people on antiretroviral therapy for HIV in 2021.
- 70.8 million HIV tests were taken in 2021 in countries where the Global Fund invests.
- 12.6 million of these HIV tests were taken by priority and key populations, including infants, adolescent girls and young women, adolescent boys and young men, gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, people who inject drugs, people in prisons, and other vulnerable populations.