Monday, June 3, 2013

AIDS Epidemic: Is an End Possible?

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, in green), infecting a cell. Image taken with an electron scanning microscope.

  

NEW YORK CITY — More than 30 years after the discovery of the AIDS virus, experts are optimistic that a cure for the disease will be found, and that an end to the AIDS epidemic is possible.

But they caution there is still a lot of work to be done.

Since the first cases of AIDS were reported in 1981, more than 25 million people worldwide have died of AIDS. There are currently 33 million people living with AIDS, including 1 million in the United States. There are 50,000 new infections in the United States each year.

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