Five-year window for preventing AIDS rebound: experts

In 2013, 1.5 million people died of AIDS-related causes, more than 10 million infected people had yet to start HIV therapy -- and out of 35 million people estimated to be living with the AIDS virus, 19 million did not know they were infectedHigh rates of HIV infection combined with rapid population growth mean the next half-decade will be critical for rolling back AIDS, specialists warned on Thursday. "The next five years provide a fragile window of opportunity to fast-track the response and end the AIDS epidemic by 2030," said Michel Sidibe, head of the UN agency UNAIDS. A report compiled by UNAIDS and The Lancet medical journal, with the support of leading figures in the 34-year war on AIDS, called for the disease to be given high priority in the UN's post-2015 development goals.

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