AIDS 2014: A Week of Heartbreak, Hope, and Renewed Commitment 

The recently concluded 20th International #AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, convened advocates, activists, scientists, and clinicians to share reports on progress, breakthroughs, and best practices in controlling HIV/AIDS epidemic and, ultimately, achieving an AIDS-free generation. The conference included thousands of delegates from more than 200 countries representing the medical, research, government and advocacy sectors, as well as from the communities most affected by HIV/AIDS, including children, young women, men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, and people who inject drugs. 

The new UNAIDS Gap report, released in advance of the conference, underscores the tremendous progress we have made together in combatting HIV/AIDS.  Worldwide, new HIV infections have fallen by 38 percent since 2001; AIDS-related deaths have declined by 35 percent since their peak in 2005; and nearly 13 million people had access to life-saving antiretroviral therapy (ART) at the end of 2013.  Given where we were a decade ago, this is nothing short of extraordinary. But, despite this unprecedented progress, a number of critical gaps remain.  

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