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Pope calls for better access to aids treatments for children

Notes that 'a large number' of children contract hiv from moms

Pope calls for better access to aids treatments for children

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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