Researchers, policy makers and activists are busy preparing for the International AIDS Conference. The next conference begins Sunday in Vienna, Austria.On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced its National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The plan aims to reduce new HIV infections by twenty-five percent within five years. It also aims to make sure infected patients get treatment more quickly.
HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. The government says sixty-five percent of Americans who discover they are infected get treatment within three months. The new plan calls for increasing that to eighty-five percent.
Thirty million dollars from the health care reform law is to go to support prevention activities, including expanded HIV testing.Over one million Americans are living with the virus, out of an estimated thirty-three million people worldwide.
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The antibodies were discovered in a man, known as Donor 45, whose body produced them naturally.Patients with HIV must take medicine all their lives to prevent AIDS. Combinations of drugs are able to suppress the deadly virus in the body -- not a cure, but the next best thing.