NIH statement on World AIDS Day 2014
Remarkable progress has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS since the first annual World AIDS Day was commemorated 26 years ago. Yet, we are still far from achieving our goal of a world without AIDS.
In 2013, more than 2 million people globally became newly infected with HIV, and 1.5 million people died from AIDS-related causes. The number of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths has dropped by more than one-third in the past decade largely because of advances in HIV prevention and greater access to antiretroviral therapy. However, far too many adults and children continue to become HIV-infected and die from the effects of the virus, including here in the United States. On World AIDS Day, the National Institutes of Health reaffirms its commitment to finding new tools for preventing HIV infection (including a vaccine), improved treatments, and, ultimately, a cure.