Sub-Saharan Africa reports “strong reduction” in HIV infections

20 November 2012

The unprecedented scale-up in response to HIV and AIDS is producing results around the world, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

A UNAIDS report launched on Tuesday shows that new HIV infections have dropped by more than 50 per cent in 25 countries. AIDS-related deaths globally have also declined by one-quarter between 2005 and 2011.

The report, released ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December, also finds that the number of people with access to antiretroviral treatments has risen by more than 60 per cent over the past 24 months.

Patrick Maigua in Geneva asked Dr Peter Ghys from UNAIDS about the news concerning Africa.

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