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Aids at 30

This World Aids Day, three decades since the discovery of the disease, how far have we come in the fight against it?

Today, 1st December, marks 30 years since Aids first appeared. In that time, the world’s perception of Aids has changed dramatically, from a guaranteed death sentence to a disease that today many see as “conquered.” From drugs developed 20 years ago and still in use today, to an unprecedented rush of therapeutic developments in the last five years, the story of Aids has been one of successive revolutions. Yet despite incredible advances in treatment, the disease remains incurable—and it represents a global health challenge on an unprecedented scale. In 2009, it killed over twice as many people as malaria.


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