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30 Years after first AIDS cases, hope for a cure

(AP) -- Sunday marks 30 years since the first AIDS cases were reported in the United States.

More than 25 million people have died of AIDS worldwide since the first five cases were recognized in Los Angeles in 1981. More than 33 million people have HIV now, including more than 1 million in the U.S. About 2 million people die of the disease each year, mostly in poor countries that lack treatment.

But newly diagnosed patients in the U.S. now have a life expectancy only a few months shorter than people without HIV. Modern drugs are much easier to take, and many patients get by on a single pill a day.

Experts also believe a San Francisco man who has gone through extensive retroviral therapy is the first person in the world apparently cured of AIDS.

AIDS information: http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov

and http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/topics/HIVAIDS/

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