UN warns over threat of AIDS rebound

Candles form a red ribbon in Berlin, on November 30, 2013 during the World Aids DaySouth African actress Charlize Theron threw her weight Tuesday behind an urgent new UN campaign to end AIDS as a global health threat by 2030. The UN warned the HIV virus risks spiraling back out of control unless world leaders bolster action now by agreeing to "fast-track" efforts to eradicate AIDS. A new UN report, launched by Theron and Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, called for adoption of a set of medium-term targets to counter the disease, with the goal of preventing some 21 million AIDS-related deaths. The number would then be stepped up to 95 by 2030, which if met would avert nearly 28 million new HIV infections, according to the study.

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