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Aids-related deaths and new HIV infections have fallen by one-third in a decade: UN

Published on Jul 16, 2014 5:39 PM
 
People gather on Saint Sophia square in Kiev to look at quilts embroidered with the names of AIDS victims during a ceremony to mark World Remembrance Day of AIDS Victims on May 18, 2014. Global Aids-related deaths and new HIV infections have fallen by over a third in a decade, the United Nations said on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, as it voiced hope of wiping out the killer disease. -- PHOTO: AFP

GENEVA (AFP) - Global Aids-related deaths and new HIV infections have fallen by over a third in a decade, the United Nations said on Wednesday as it voiced hope of wiping out the killer disease.

The global effort to beat the pandemic has made huge strides, though the battle is far from over with 35 million people still living with HIV worldwide, said Mr Michel Sidibe, head of UNAids.

"Ending the Aids epidemic is possible," he said. "We have a fragile five-year window to build on the rapid results that been made. The next five years will determine the next 15."

In a review of the pandemic released ahead of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Australia from July 20-25, the UN agency said Aids-related deaths dropped to 1.5 million in 2013 from 1.7 million the previous year.

 
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