HIV: 17 million worldwide now accessing life-saving medicines

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In Lesotho, A woman holds the AIDS anti-retroviral treatment medicine for her granddaughter. Photo: IRIN/Eva-Lotta Jansson

There has been an "extraordinary scale-up" in the number of people living with HIV who are now accessing life-saving medicines, according to a new UN report.

The latest Global AIDS update estimates that 17 million people were receiving antiretroviral treatment at the end of 2015; up from 7.5 million in 2010.

The report was launched on Tuesday in Nairobi, Kenya, and comes ahead of a UN General Assembly meeting on ending AIDS taking place next week in New York.

Dianne Penn has been speaking to Dr Alasdair Reid of UNAIDS who explains what is behind these gains.

Duration: 3’19″

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