Almost 16 million on HIV treatment as AIDS pandemic tide turns

HIV self tests are displayed in a pharmacy in BordeauxBy Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) – Some 15.8 million people worldwide are now on HIV treatment and a fast-track strategy to end the AIDS pandemic is starting to show results, the United Nations AIDS program said on Tuesday. In a report ahead of December 1, World Aids Day, UNAIDS said its estimates show new HIV infections have fallen by 35 percent since the peak in 2000, and AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 42 percent since a peak in 2004. "Progress in responding to HIV over the past 15 years has been extraordinary," it said.

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