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UN Reports AIDS Deaths Down a Third since 2010

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Tue, 16 Jul 2019 19:44 GMT

HIV-related deaths fell last year to around 770,000, 33% lower than in 2010 - the UN report said Tuesday July 16th, according to AFP.

An estimated 37.9 million people now live with HIV and a record 23.3 million of those have access to some antiretroviral therapy, UNAIDS said in its annual report.

Highlighting the enormous progress made since the height of the AIDS epidemic in the mid-1990s, the report showed that the number of people dying from the disease fell from 800,000 in 2017 to 770,000 last year.

The figure was down by more than a third from 2010, when there were 1.2 million AIDS-related deaths. However, it also exposed weaknesses in the world's fight against AIDS.

"We urgently need increased political leadership to end AIDS," said Gunilla Carlsson, UNAIDS executive director, she added "Ending AIDS is possible if we focus on people not diseases"

Decades of research have yet to yield a cure or a vaccine for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which has infected almost 80 million people and killed more than 35 million since the early 1980s.