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AIDS Related Deaths And HIV Infections Decline Globally

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No matter what's going on in your life, it looks like we all have one MAJOR thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. The number of new HIV infections and deaths related to AIDS have dropped to their LOWEST numbers since the epidemic reached its peak!

The 2011 UNAIDS World AIDS Day report states that this year has been a "game-changing year" for the worldwide fight against the disease.

HIV infections dropped 21% compared to their highest in 1997, while AIDS deaths also declined by 21% since 2005.

Such an awesome note to end the year on!

There are many reasons for the decline including people having fewer sexual partners, using more condoms and, perhaps most importantly, "a massive scale up in access to HIV treatment."

Although the figures show we're turning the tide in the global fight against AIDS, the report suggests funding will need to be increased from $15 billion to $24 billion a year for our success against the disease to continue!

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U.N. Sets Out To Stop Mother-Child HIV Infections

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The voices of the hopeless may have finally been heard.

Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the tragic disease, world leaders at the U.N. AIDS summit have hatched a plan to eliminate anymore HIV infections in newborn children from their infected mother.

Providing HIV-positive pregnant women with treatment can reduce the risk of a child being born with the virus to less than 5 percent, so with that in mind, the campaign aims to reduce the number of child infections 90% by 2015.

The initiative is being led by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the UNAIDS organization, which said in a statement:

"We believe that by 2015 children everywhere can be born free of HIV and that their mothers can remain healthy."

$500 million a year is currently being dedicated to funding the prevention of mother-child HIV transmission, but the new resolution to begin the end of the disease calls for $2.5 billion more to achieve the goal in 3 years.

We're happy to see that countries all over the world are finally joining for forces and funds to put a stop a disease which has over 9 million people waiting for treatment.

While there is still no cure, amazing leaps in treatment options over the last few years have saved millions and we believe this new initiative will continue that trend.

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