ANKARA

Many African countries are struggling against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, which results in contraction of the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

The disease, which damages human immune system, has left an estimated 74.9 million affected worldwide, according to figures collected by the Avert website, a U.K.-based charity providing information about HIV and sexual health. Currently an estimated 37.9 million people across the world are living with the HIV that includes 1.7 million children.

According to the website, 770,000 people died due to AIDS-related illnesses in 2018.

The numbers have reduced by 55%, if compared to deaths in

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