Advances in fighting AIDS and the stigma associated with it

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Navi Pillay

Thirty one years after AIDS was discovered not only have significant gains been made in fighting the virus, but the world is more enlightened about it, according to the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Navi Pillay told the Human Rights Council that new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths have fallen to the lowest levels since the peak of the epidemic. 2.5 million deaths have been averted since 1995 with some 14 million people now accessing life-saving treatment.

Ms. Pillay also says people now understand AIDS, unlike 30 years ago.

"We over-reacted to a little known disease and were afraid we would be infected by touch or breathing the same air. We expelled children from schools. We fired people from their jobs and prevented others from getting jobs."

Duration: 18″

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