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HIV infections and deaths fall 'due to treatment'

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Greater access to anti-retroviral drugs has helped cut the death toll from HIV by more than 10% over the past five years, latest figures show.

The World Health Organization and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids) say there has also been a significant drop in the number of new HIV infections.

Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAids says that the worldwide death toll over the last five years has dropped by 18% because of programmes that increase treatment.

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