2011 AIDS response saw remarkable progress, says UN

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Combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) prevents the HIV virus from multiplying in the body

2011 will be remembered as a "game changing" year for the AIDS response, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

HIV infections and deaths are falling as more people receive access to life saving drugs.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

The global AIDS response in 2011 has had a dramatic impact on the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS, according to UNAIDS.

New infections have fallen by 21% since 1997 and AIDS-related deaths have decreased by 21% since 1995.

Meanwhile, a record number of people now have access to treatment.

Over 6 million people in low and middle income countries were receiving anti-retroviral therapy at the end of 2010, says UNAIDS.

Even with the financial constraints the world is facing, the agency says, a strong political leadership has emerged in response to the AIDS epidemic.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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