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WHO and UN slash their estimates of global HIV prevalence

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39406.611273.DB (Published 22 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1069
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. Geneva

    The World Health Organization and the United Nations have revised downwards their estimate of the number of people infected with HIV in 2007—from nearly 40 million to 33.2 million.

    “The single biggest reason for the reduction in global HIV prevalence figures in the past year was the recent revision of estimates in India after an intensive reassessment of the epidemic in the country,” says a report by UNAIDS (the joint United Nations programme on HIV and AIDS) and WHO.

    About 50% of the difference is due to the reduction in the estimated prevalence in India and another 20% to a …

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