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Updated On: Monday, 20 August 2018
Development Issues

UN: World Facing 'Defining Moment' in Battle Against HIV/AIDS 

Content by: Voice of America

UNITED NATIONS —

The head of UNAIDS says the global community is at a "defining moment" in the effort to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030.

"This midpoint is important for us to reflect on what was not working," Michel Sidibe told VOA, noting this year marks the halfway point to agreed global targets.

"It's about how to deal with vulnerable communities, fragile society."

According to 2016 data, 36.7 million people globally are living with HIV. There were nearly 2 million new infections and 1 million AIDS-related deaths.

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