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World Health Organization stepping up fight against AIDS


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- There's some good news in the fight against HIV.

The World Health Organization is on track to getting 15 million people worldwide on life-saving AIDS drugs by 2015. But, it's just a first step.

Right now, eight million people in poor countries are taking the drugs. But, the number needing them will eventually rise above 20 million.

Doctors with WHO say that includes people who aren't yet as sick, but need treatment to lower their chances of spreading the virus.

High-risk populations, people in relationships with healthy partners, and pregnant women who would need to be kept on medication after their babies are born are among them.

Doctors are encouraging countries to expand HIV testing so they can start reaching those people.


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