The world has made great progress toward ending AIDS, yet AIDS remains a critical development challenge.
- Since AIDS first appeared in 1981, more than 65 million people have been infected and more than 30 million people have died of AIDS-related causes.
- AIDS drug costs have dropped 100-fold since 2000 from more than $10,000 to under $100 per person annually. More than 8 million people living with HIV in developing countries are now receiving lifesaving treatment.
- Prevention is essential to ending HIV and AIDS: For every one person on treatment, two are infected with HIV; every minute a young woman is infected with the virus.
- The Bank is committed to work with partners to help realize the end of AIDS, and to bring the lessons of the AIDS movement to speed progress against global poverty.