Why We’re at the Beginning of the End of AIDS

The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 in an attempt to raise awareness about the widely misunderstood disease.

Since then, countries around the world have made enormous strides in monitoring and combating AIDS.

On Monday, Jorge Ramos spoke with Erin Hohlfelder, the global health policy director for the advocacy organization ONE, which was cofounded by Bono. She addressed the progress wrought by decades of AIDS-awareness work:

“Back in the 80s there was barely any treatment that existed, and the treatment that was available was prohibitively expensive,” Hohlfelder said. “It cost more than a car to put someone on treatment for a year. Now, we have much better forms of antiretroviral treatment, and it costs less than an iPhone, just a few hundred dollars a year, which has allowed us to really dramatically scale up access to treatment.”

ONE called the current state of the disease “the beginning of the end of AIDS” in its latest report.

Here’s what they mean: