MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On June 30, 2015, the World Health Organization announced that Cuba had become the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to baby.
Unfortunately, about 70 percent of newly infected people in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia are coming from Russia, Sidibe stated.
"I am leaving this conference with hope because I can really see the leadership of Russia coming behind and trying to really reach our goal of ending AIDS by 2030," he stressed.
The number of people living with HIV in Russia is estimated between 850,000 and 1.3 million, the UNAIDS figures revealed.
Since HIV was first identified more than 30 years ago, improved medicines have only slowed the progression of HIV to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).