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Australia marks World AIDS Day

12-01-2012 05:01 BJT Special Report:2012 World AIDS Day |

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Saturday marks the 25th World AIDS Day, when people remember those who have died and assess the progress made in tackling the disease.

Australia’s Sydney Opera House was lit red on Friday, followed by a fireworks display. The Australian government says it is committed to reducing the number of people becoming infected or dying of AIDS, and to increase access to testing and treatment. The United Nations has set a target of 50 percent reduction in new infections by 2015.

According to UNAIDS, there were 34 million people living with HIV across the globe in 2011. 1.7 million people died from AIDS related illnesses, 24 percent fewer than in 2005.

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