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By Modern Healthcare
Posted: December 1, 2012 - 12:01 am ET

“It sounds impossibly optimistic, but it may be true: The end of AIDS could be near. The wider use of effective drugs, more treatment for stigmatized groups, and a slow and steady growth of healthcare efforts are all paying off. The results are by no means even—some parts of the world are doing better than others—but it's a far cry from barely a decade ago, when health planners were flailing for a strategy to combat the HIV virus that spawns AIDS. The numbers outlined in a U.N. study continue past trends that have shown a downward curve in infection rates. … Over the past 10 years, new cases have dropped by half in 25 poor- and middle-income countries considered the red-zone for new cases. These areas take in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Asia, all closely watched in global prevention efforts. In recent years, the key issue was scaling up the use of life-prolonging drugs that muted the deadly effects of full-blown AIDS … With 34 million people living with AIDS, the fight isn't over. Though infection rates are dropping, there's still a troubling gap between those receiving drugs and those who are left out.”

—San Francisco Chronicle

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