World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day, when we remember the twenty-five million people who have died from the disease since it was identified in 1981. This year, 3.1 million lives will be lost, 570,000 of them children. UNAIDS, in its annual report, AIDS Epidemic Update: December 2005 (98 pages, PDF), acknowledges the progress that has been made in care, noting that more than one million infected people in low- and middle-income countries now live longer, better lives because of antiretroviral treatments, and that up to 300,000 deaths have been averted in 2005 thanks to expanded access to treatment. But the report also argues that much more needs to be done, and urges the acceleration of prevention and treatment efforts around the globe.