HIV infections and deaths fall as more people access drugs

bird with AIDS ribbon on its beak

bird with aids ribbon on its beak

People living with HIV are living longer and AIDS-related deaths are declining due to the lifesaving effects of antiretroviral therapy, according to the UN Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS, UNAIDS.

In its new report, UNAIDS says better access to HIV treatment has had a dramatic impact on people's lives.

Globally AIDS-related deaths have dropped by 21 per cent since the peak of the epidemic in 2005.

And around 2.5 million deaths are estimated to have been averted in low- and middle-income countries due to increased access to HIV treatment.

Paul De Lay, Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS, says it's been a game-changing year.

"We are seeing a major wave of strong political leadership as far as responding the AIDS epidemic. We are seeing a lot of new scientific breakthroughs both on the treatment side and on the prevention side, and we are seeing good results. We are seeing declines in new infections and more and more people on treatment."

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