Lesley Doyal, 30 March 2021
Since its arrival in the early 1970s, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has killed about 33 million people, while some 37 million are now living with the virus. Most are in the global south and thus far away from Europe. There is neither a vaccine nor a cure. Therapeutic drugs that can facilitate survival have now been developed, but without their continuous use, death usually ensues after a relatively short period. The African continent remains most severely affected, with nearly 1 in every 25 adults living with HIV, making up more than two-thirds of HIV positive people worldwide.