Some countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have surpassed World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines in providing access to HIV testing and treatment.
These are some of the findings of a study which compared HIV policies in South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe between 2003 and 2013.
The findings have been published in this months' WHO bulletin. According to the WHO report, by the end of 2012, 23.5 million people were living with HIV, more than 7.5 million of them were receiving life-saving antiretroviral drugs in Africa compared to only 50 000 people a decade before.
The scale-up of treatment services in such a short period of time has been remarkable.
It says recent evidence suggests that the number of people dying from HIV related diseases has declined by more than half since antiretroviral therapy became available.