21 Nov '16, 12pm

18 million more people have access to #AIDS treatment in 2016 than last year: #UN

LONDON (REUTERS) - More than 18 million people now have access to life-saving Aids treatment, 1.2 million more than at the end of last year, the United Nations said on Monday (Nov 21). In a report on the Aids pandemic, which has infected 78 million people and killed 35 million since it began in the 1980s, UNAIDS said the consistently strong scale-up of treatment has seen annual Aids -related deaths drop by 45 per cent to 1.1 million in 2015 from a peak of about 2 million in 2005. But, as more HIV-positive people live longer, the challenges of caring for them as they get older, of preventing the virus spreading and of reducing new infections are tough, UNAIDS said, even though drugs can reduce virus levels in a patient's blood to near zero and significantly reduce the risk of passing it on. "The progress we have made is remarkable, particularly around treatment, but it is a...

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