U.N. sees global AIDS epidemic starting to turn

A probable 33.3 million people global have the HIV virus that causes AIDS, but the global health community is starting to slow down and still turn the plague around, a United Nations report said on Tuesday.

The total number of HIV-infected people in 2009 was down slightly from the preceding year's 33.4 million and at least 56 countries have either stabilize or achieved noteworthy declines in rates of new HIV infection.

Yet while more than 5 million of those who need life-saving AIDS drugs are getting them, just about two-thirds of the 15 million people in not as good as country who need them cannot get them. Marginalized groups like drug users and sex workers are far less likely to get help than others, according to the 2010 global keep posted by the Joint U.N. Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

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