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There's Great News — And Grim News — In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

The epidemic is always changing. Here's a look at some of the latest trends.

As the International AIDS Conference took place in Paris this week, UNAIDS issued a report with an encouraging statistic.

For the first time, more than half of the 36.7 million people with HIV have access to treatment. That means most people with HIV are taking the antiretroviral medicines needed to suppress the virus. The report cited 53 percent, compared to roughly 27 percent in 2012.

The news is a reminder of how the HIV/AIDS epidemic is ever-changing. There are promising trends. And there are setbacks as well. We talked with Annemarie Hou, chief of staff at UNAIDS, the United Nations program focused on HIV/AIDS, and Sharonann Lynch, HIV and TB policy adviser for Doctors Without Borders' Access Campaign.

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