Malaysian Flight's Toll: A Voice for Simpler AIDS Treatment

People gather next to a sign reading AIDS 2014 in Melbourne on July 18 after news that downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was carrying many participants headed to the 20th International AIDS Conference planned this weekend in the Australian city Photograph by STR/AFP via Getty Images

Many of the people who died in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 were on their way to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, where they could have celebrated this bit of good news: For the first time last year more people worldwide were put on antiretroviral drugs that treat HIV than were newly infected from the disease. Some 2.3 million people were put on the life-saving treatments, compared to 2.1 million new infections.

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