Only about 50 percent of people with HIV in Latin America receive treatment, Xinhua reports. Currently, there are about 600,000 people in the region living with the virus. Cesar Nunez, the regional director of UNAIDS for Latin America, praised countries for expanding their programs in recent years. However, he asked governments to redouble their efforts in prevention and testing campaigns to help stem the spread of HIV.

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