UNAIDS Head: African Countries Tackling HIV But Still Need Drugs

BY News Desk  July 18, 2012 at 6:45 PM EDT


A new report on the global toll of AIDS finds real reason for optimism as researchers, politicians and patients prepare for the international AIDS conference in Washington, D.C., next week. Gwen Ifill spoke with UNAIDS’ executive director, Michel Sidebe, on Wednesday about the findings.

The theme of the conference is expected to focus heavily on how the world can turn the tide against the pandemic. But with more than 34 million people infected with HIV and too many of them still unable to access life-saving medications, the task ahead is sobering.