HIV/AIDS continues to be a major global public health issue. The disease has claimed more than 39 million lives so far, with 1.5 million having died in 2013 alone, according to the World Health Organization. While there is currently no cure for HIV/AIDS infection, effective treatment with antiretroviral drugs can control the virus so that individuals with HIV/AIDS can enjoy healthy and productive lives.
New momentum in the fight against HIV/AIDS has helped millions of people get access to prevention and treatment services. Life-saving antiretroviral treatment has meant that an AIDS diagnosis is no longer a death sentence.
In 2013, 12.9 million people around the world were receiving antiretroviral treatment for HIV/AIDS, up from 300,000 in 2002, according to ONE, the international campaigning and advocacy organization taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease.
Global deaths due to AIDS have also consistently dropped over time.
While an effective method to control HIV/AIDS has been discovered and implemented, it does not mean that the search for a cure has ended. In fact, it is stronger than ever before.
While there are numerous companies, universities and hospitals working to better understand HIV/AIDS, these are the top 10 research companies on the cusp of developing new and more effective treatments for HIV/AIDS and leading the path to finding a cure.