World AIDS Day 2014: Campaign to combat the deadly virus

stopaidsThe 26th annual World AIDS Day was marked on Monday around the world by international leaders and HIV/AIDS campaigns working to combat the virus.

There are 35 million people worldwide with HIV as of 2013, according to the World Health Organization, with nearly 70 percent of those living in sub-Saharan Africa. At least 1.5 million of those died last year, while 39 million have died since the virus was discovered.

This year’s World AIDS Day theme is “Getting to Zero,” which is in its fourth year. The day of commemoration was created in 1988 by WHO as a way to raise awareness and visibility among the public for the disease.

WHO says that despite “a record 13 million people accessing antiretroviral treatment in 2013,” there was still significant improvement needed to provide such treatment to people in low-income regions of the world.

Last year, nearly 3.2 million children under the age of 15 were living with HIV worldwide, according to PEPFAR, The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (more than 90 percent were in sub-Saharan Africa)

International Business Times

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