AIDS Is Still a Global Crisis

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(Cynthia Goldsmith/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP) We've learned some extraordinary things about the global battle against AIDS during the latest gathering of experts at the International AIDS Society conference in Paris this week.

Experts also discussed new findings from Swaziland that show remarkable progress in combating AIDS as part of a joint program with the country's health minister and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Yet, despite this progress, two leading AIDS officials posted an extraordinarily blunt opinion piece in Science to remind world leaders that we haven't won the war on AIDS – even with the advancement of AIDS pharmaceutical therapies that keep the deadly disease in check for millions of people living with the disease worldwide.

AIDS has killed 35 million people worldwide in the past three decades.

Thanks to advances in pharmaceutical treatments, however, 37 million people are living today despite being infected with HIV.

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has been the catalyst for change in how HIV infection is treated and prevented.

Even if current efforts reduce new infections by 90 percent over the next decade, there would still be 200,000 new infections each year, with a worldwide lifelong treatment target of 40 million individuals living with HIV.

Author: Jeff Nesbit

Source: usnews.com

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