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HIV epidemic is far worse than thought

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7121.1485b (Published 06 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1485
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. BMJ

    HIV infection is far more common than previously thought, according to a report from the joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organisation. The new figures show that about one third more people are living with HIV worldwide than was estimated in December 1996.

    Dr Peter Piot, executive director of UNAIDS, said: “We are now realising that rates of HIV transmission have been grossly underestimated-particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where the bulk of infections has been concentrated to date.”

    Over 30 million adults and children are now believed to be living with HIV infection-one in every 100 sexually …

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