As world access to drugs increases, AIDS deaths worldwide are dropping!
This is fab news: fewer people infected with HIV globally are dying, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa!
So there are about 34 million people are living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS, right?
Well, the number of worldwide AIDS-related deaths fell to 1.7 million last year — down from a peak of 2.3 million in 2005 and from some 1.8 million in 2010!!
An estimated 8 million people in low and middle-income countries are getting antiretroviral drugs. The United Nations has now set a target to raise that to 15 million people by 2015… and according to director of the HIV Department at the World Health Organization, they're on track:
"One of the key messages that I believe will come out of the conference is one of optimism and hope that we should be able to achieve the 15 million target by 2015."
All this good news comes right on the heels of the U.S. government approving Truvada to help PREVENT the disease!
We're moving in the right direction, and we're so happy that we get to be alive in a time where we can witness the disease's eventual fall!
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