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World AIDS Day 2014: The Tipping Point

ONE released its annual report on the progess in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and most of the news is good. The reduction in the rate of mother-to-child transmission of AIDS means that an AIDS-free generation is possible. In overall infections, the world has reached a tipping point: 2.3 million people were newly added to AIDS treatment – a fairly dramatic scale-up from 2012, when 1.6 million were

added. At the same time, the total number of new HIV infections was down, albeit less markedly, from 2.2 million to 2.1 million.

Yet, as many countries decalred progress, others slipped behind, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where data is often unreliable.

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