HIV Rates Going Down As More People Get Treatment

"Today we can say we move from despair to hope."

There is now even more hope than ever when it comes to decreases in the amount of causalities from AIDS. 

According to Reuters, the United Nations' AIDS program announced Tuesday that AIDS-related deaths have dropped 35 percent since the pandemic in 2000. Additionally, 16 million people are currently being treated for the disease, double the amount in 2010.

Much of the success can be attributed to the U.N.'s five-year plan to eradicate the disease entirely, which includes those infected having access to the drugs they need. 

"Today we can say we move from despair to hope. Every five years we have more than doubled the number of people on life-saving treatment," Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS' executive director, said during a debriefing. 

The news comes on the heels of Cuba completely eliminating mother-to-child HIV transmissions, thanks to a World Health Initiative that made sure mothers took precautions if they had the disease, had counseling, and were treated accordingly. 

The same will go for eliminating the virus in full. 

"If we manage to sustain our investment and ... double the numbers of people put on treatment," Sidibe said, "we can really break the backbone of this epidemic."

Read more at Reuters.

(H/T: Huffington Post)