Twenty-five years ago, before HIV medications and treatments were available, people were dying from AIDS in very large numbers. They were only diagnosed after HIV had ravaged their immune system and infections was slowly killing them. But today, people are being diagnosed earlier in the course of the disease and fewer people are dying from AIDS.
Unfortunately, in some parts of the world, AIDS continues to kill millions. Researchers, prevention specialists, and HIV educators continue to develop ways to slow and eventually end the dying. The key is affordable medications and resources, both HIV care workers and money.