25 November 2010

AIDS epidemic changing course

A new UNAIDS report claims the world has finally "turned the corner" on the Aids epidemic, citing a downward trend in new HIV infections and Aids-related deaths over the past decade and stabilisation of the number of people living with HIV globally.

More than five million people are receiving ARVs and in 2009 alone, 1.2 million people were initiated onto treatment. As a result, Aids-related deaths are down nearly 20% compared with five years ago and in Botswana, one of only two countries in sub-Saharan Africa to have achieved universal access to treatment, Aids-related deaths have halved since 2002.


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