World AIDS Day this year finds us deep in the throes of another pandemic – COVID-19. The highly infectious novel coronavirus has swept across the world, devastating health systems and laying waste to economies as governments introduce drastic measures to contain the spread. Not since the HIV/AIDS pandemic of the 1990s have countries faced such a common health threat. Around 33 Mmillion people worldwide have died from AIDS-related illnesses in the last 40 years.
It’s taken incredible expertise, collaboration and dedication from all levels of society to track, understand, treat and prevent the illness. Although HIV/Aids hasn’t been eradicated, the global response is in many respects a shining example of what can be achieved when countries and people work together.
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