Twenty-two million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the disease was first discovered almost 25 years ago - more people than died in Europe during the Black Death of the Middle Ages. And 36 million people are now infected, two-thirds of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
Across the South HIV/AIDS threatens to erode fragile economies and set back development for decades. But this may be just the tip of the iceberg. The HIV virus is poised to explode across Asia and the former Soviet Union. Meanwhile, in the West sophisticated drugs have given people with AIDS new hope.
This month we look at what can be done to beat the AIDS epidemic.
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