Aids-related deaths and new HIV infections have fallen by one-third in a decade: UN
Published on Jul 16, 2014 5:39 PM
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.
To continue reading, log in if you are a subscriber
Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!