the VOA Special English Development Report.
seventeenth International AIDS Conference opened Sunday in the Mexican capital,
Mexico City. About twenty-five thousand
people are taking part in the six-day event. They include AIDS researchers,
community leaders, policy experts, activists and delegations of young people
from around the world.
conference is expected to call for improvement in the prevention and treatment
of H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS.
Delegates are also expected to praise the greater ability of patients to
receive anti-retroviral drugs. Several
meetings at the conference will examine efforts to discover a vaccine to
prevent the disease.
Pedro Cahn is one of the leaders of the
AIDS conference. He says there is
growing support for efforts to guarantee that all people are able to receive
HIV prevention and treatment. An
estimated thirty-three million people are living with H.I.V./AIDS. About seven
thousand people become infected with H.I.V. every day.
no cure for AIDS. However, a report last week from a United Nations agency says
fewer people are dying because of it.
UNAIDS says the number of deaths linked to AIDS dropped to about two
million last year. This is two hundred
thousand fewer than the number reported in two thousand five.
also notes some major gains in preventing new H.I.V. infections. Such gains are based on changes in sexual
behavior and improved government programs.
The report also calls for long-term financing to fight the spread of
AIDS. This is needed because people with the disease are living longer because
of improved treatment.
Washington last week, President Bush signed legislation promising forty-eight
billion dollars over the next five years to battle AIDS, malaria and
tuberculosis. The bill greatly expands the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS
Relief. Mister Bush announced the
five-year, fifteen billion dollar program in two thousand three. He has since made it a major part of his
foreign policy. Efforts have centered
on fifteen nations in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia.
And that's the VOA Special English Development Report, written by Jill Moss. You can learn more about AIDS and other
issues facing developing countries at voaspecialenglish.com.