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Today is World AIDS Day. Word is the theme this year is "Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships." The UNAIDS website offers some statistics to illustrate why this is such an important cause:

GLOBAL HIV STATISTICS

  • 20.9 million people were accessing antiretroviral therapy in June 2017.
  • 36.7 million [30.8 million–42.9 million] people globally were living with HIV in 2016.
  • 1.8 million [1.6 million–2.1 million] people became newly infected with HIV in 2016.
  • 1 million [830 000–1.2 million] people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2016.
  • 76.1 million [65.2 million–88.0 million] people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic.
  • 35.0 million [28.9 million–41.5 million] people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic.

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