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On World AIDS Day, Progress Recognized But Challenges Remain

News outlets discuss various reports and statements made in recognition of World AIDS Day, marked annually on December 1.

USA TODAY: 26th World AIDS Day seeks to show support, urge investment
“People around the world Monday will join forces to show their support for those living with the AIDS virus, as well as those who have died from the disease, when the 26th World AIDS Day is marked. … This year’s theme is ‘Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation’…” (Onyanga-Omara, 11/30).

Financial Times: ‘Milestone’ in fight against AIDS as treatment outpaces infections
“…This marks the first time since antiretroviral medicines were introduced 27 years ago that treatment of HIV has expanded at a higher rate than incidence of the virus itself…” (Ward, 12/1).

Reuters: AIDS campaigners say pandemic has finally reached tipping point
“…But in a report to mark World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, the ONE campaign, an advocacy group working to end poverty and preventable disease in Africa, warned that reaching this milestone did not mean the end of AIDS was around the corner…” (Kelland, 11/30).

The Guardian: Millions with HIV die for lack of access to AIDS drugs, MPs say
“Millions of people with HIV die because they cannot get access to AIDS drugs, according to a cross-party group of MPs. … Its report says the global effort to get the drugs to children and adults in low and middle-income countries and save lives is still falling short, in part because of high prices charged by pharmaceutical companies and cuts in donor funding…” (Boseley, 11/30).

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