6. 6 million people receive AIDS treatment

Anti-retroviral therapy

About 6.6 million people are now receiving anti-retroviral therapy in developing countries according to a new report launched on Friday.

The report by UNAIDS, the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS says the rates of new HIV infections have fallen by nearly 25 per cent.

According to the report, 420,000 children were receiving anti-retroviral therapy at the end of 2010, which is an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2008.

Michele Sidibe is the head of UNAIDS.

"We have come a long way since the first case of AIDS was reported 30 years ago. 6.6 million people are now accessing treatment, 1.4 million more than in 2009. With access to treatment, AIDS has moved from what was effectively a death sentence to a chronic disease." 

A high level meeting on HIV and AIDS will take place in New York next week.

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