Asia makes strides in HIV fight
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Overall progress belies day-to-day struggles in many nations
Indian social activists and children light a World AIDS Day awareness sign in Kolkata on Dec. 1, 2015. (Photo by AFP)
While more people in Asia have access to HIV treatment than ever before, vulnerable populations of transgender people, gay men, sex workers, and intravenous drug users continue to see rising rates of infection, according to the United Nations.
In a UNAIDS report released Nov. 22, the agency highlighted massive progress made globally in lowering AIDS-related deaths by expanding HIV treatment.
"The Asia and Pacific region is making significant strides in ensuring people living with HIV lead healthy and productive lives" Steve Kraus, Director of UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia and the Pacific, said in a statement.
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