Overall, low- and middle-income countries are now investing more in domestic HIV spending than they receive from international HIV funding, according to a Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) statement. Domestic funding now amounts to $8.6 billion—an 11 percent increase over last year's total—as opposed to $8.2 billion in international funding, an amount that has flatlined since last year. Despite this increase, overall funding goals aren't being met, with the estimated annual shortfall reaching $7 billion by 2015. This gap needs international funding to fill. Countries participating in the 2011 United Nations High Level Meeting on AIDS have agreed to increase spending up to $24 billion by 2015.
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