The  Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Winnie Byanyinma, has said over 12 million infected persons are waiting to access to HIV treatment while 1.7 million people became infected with HIV in 2019 because they could not access essential services.

This was contained in a statement released today by UNAIDS on the occasion of World Aids Day 2020.

According to Byanyinma, COVID-19 is threatening the progress that the world has made in health and development over the past 20 years, including the gains made against HIV.

The UNAIDS official, however, expressed satisfaction for the progress made so far in protecting persons living with HIV.

Byanyinma also appreciated all health workers who have contributed in one way of the other to fight the virus.