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UN Summit to Set Treatment Target for AIDS Sufferers

June 7, 2011

The UN High Level Meeting on AIDS convenes Wednesday in New York, but whether member-states can agree on HIV treatment targets is not certain. Negotiations over how many people should qualify for treatment and how nations will fund this continue, according to diplomats.

New research shows early antiretroviral (ARV) treatment for HIV patients could slash new infections. UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe calls this development a "game-changer" in the global fight against the disease.

Though global HIV/AIDS funding had risen to $15.9 billion a year by 2009, support has declined in the worldwide economic downturn. Of the estimated 34 million people living with HIV/AIDS, 6 million are on treatment; more than 9 million are still not receiving ARVs; and the remainder do not know they are infected, UN data show.

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