"Scales have tipped" in fight against HIV

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A teenager with HIV in Côte d'Ivoire gets advice on taking his antiretroviral (ARV) medication correctly. Photo: UNICEF/Olivier Asselin

A key milestone has been reached in the fight against HIV, according to UN health experts, who say that more than half of all sufferers now have access to treatment.

The announcement from the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) accompanies new data showing that an estimated 37 million people had human immunodeficiency virus in 2016, an 11 per cent drop since 2010.

Countries in Eastern and Southern Africa have led the way in reducing infection – by nearly 40 per cent in some cases – but children and other vulnerable communities remain at risk, as UNAIDS's Dr Peter Ghys told Daniel Johnson.

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