A Brief History of the AIDS Epidemic – World Science Festival


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In the more than three decades since researchers started seeing the first signs of AIDS, millions have lost their lives hoping modern medicine might produce a cure in time. While a cure still eludes the brightest minds, treatment for people who have AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) has come a long way.

For instance, someone who suspects they are at risk today can take a daily pill, Truvala, also known as PrEP, that proactively minimizes the likelihood he will contract HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Projects to reduce the spread of AIDS in the United States and Africa have made excellent headway thanks to a collaboration between international organizations led by the U.S. government, the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and partners around the world.

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