As much as $722 billion might be needed to tackle HIV by 2031, if no cure or vaccine is found, according to new research published in The Lancet and reported by PlusNews. Study authors predict that in the next 20 years, annual HIV infections will be halved to about 1.2 million. However, new treatment guidelines will raise costs by 43 percent, and about one third of funding must be spent in Africa to stop the epidemic.  Researchers noted that the amount of money needed could drop to $400 billion if countries restructured their AIDS funding policies now.

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