Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope calls for better access to aids treatments for children

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Vatican City, November 28 - Pope Benedict XVI said
at the General Audience on Wednesday that AIDS continues to
cause "millions of deaths and tragic human suffering, especially
in the poorest regions of the world where there is less access
to medicine".
"A large number of children are in need of treatment for
HIV and AIDS which they are contracting from their mothers," the
Pope said.
Speaking shortly before World AIDS Day, the Pope urged
greater attention to the fact that although there are treatments
for the diseases, in many parts of the globe the ill do not have
access to effective medications.
The Pope was speaking to crowds gathered under rainy skies
in St. Peter's Square to hear his weekly address.
Saturday is World AIDS Day, an annual event held on
December 1 to raise awareness about it and HIV.
Between 1981 and 2007, more than 25 million people died
worldwide from Acquired Immune Deficiency (AIDS) and Human
Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), making this one of the most
destructive pandemics in history.
In Italy, it has been estimated that 62,617 new cases have
been reported since 2010.

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