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Tuesday, December 26, 2006
28 million deaths can be averted by prompt action on AIDS, says WHO
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Act now, or AIDS will gobble you. According to the world Health Organisation, if the world acts now to curb the disease, at least 28 million lives could be saved by year 2030.

A research report from WHO has warned that AIDS is set to join heart disease and stroke as one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Pointing out that at least 117 million people will die from AIDS by 2030, the study says that if new HIV infections are curbed and access to life-prolonging antiretrovirals is increased, the number can be brought down to 89 million.

The study warns that the future depends much on what the international community does now. However, experts around the world think it will be increasingly hard to sustain treatment unless new HIV infections are prevented. Condom distribution as well as new vaccines are the need of the hour, they feel.

The research study evaluated data from more than 100 countries across the globe. It established connections between mortality trends and income per capita, and factors including education levels and tobacco use.

While it may be possible to avert some of the impending damage from HIV and AIDS, other predictions are unlikely to vary significantly, said experts. With life expectancy expected to increase worldwide, the highest projected life expectancy in 2030 will be among Japanese women, at 88.5 years, they felt.

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