Friday 24 February 2017

Jim Clarken: There's no room for complacency in the battle against AIDS

ls wear clothes made out of condoms at an exhibition during the 18th World Aids Conference in Vienna yesterday
ls wear clothes made out of condoms at an exhibition during the 18th World Aids Conference in Vienna yesterday

DELEGATES arriving at the 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna this week could be forgiven for not knowing whether to pat themselves on the back or beat themselves around the head.

Those inclined towards self-satisfaction can point to significant victories in the fight against HIV and AIDS: the number of people becoming infected with HIV each year has fallen by 17pc since 2001, the number of infected people receiving treatment has increased tenfold in five years, and the number of deaths has fallen by 10pc.

But the head-beaters also have a strong story to tell. Despite the improvements, more than half of people with HIV and AIDS do not receive the treatment they need to stay alive.

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