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The HIV/AIDS pandemic, explained in 9 maps and charts

AIDS first emerged in the early 1980s, claiming thousands of lives each year as it spread. But it wasn't until the disease reached pandemic status more than a decade later that the global community really galvanized in an effort to stop it.

In 1996, as HIV prevalence was peaking around the world, the United Nations established UNAIDS, the first global health body focused on a single disease. In 2000, the UN Security Council convened an unprecedented meeting to address the out-of-control AIDS crisis. This led to a massive concentration of resources into HIV/AIDS research, and triggered global and coordinated efforts to stem the disease.

In 2000, global funding for HIV/AIDS barely…

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