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HIV/AIDS Milestone

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

For the first time in history, more than half of all people living with HIV or AIDS — 19.5 million of about 36.7 million individuals — are receiving antiretroviral therapy, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS reports. Between 2010 and 2016, new HIV infections around the world dropped by 16%, and AIDS-related deaths decreased by 32%. The update, released on 20 July, said that the main reasons for progress were improved access to treatment, including early treatment for people diagnosed with HIV, as well as prevention programmes. The report noted that the world is on track to reach a UN goal of increasing the number of people receiving treatment to 30 million by 2020.