New HIV infections down 17% in past eight years

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 25 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5070
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

The number of new HIV infections globally has been reduced by 17% in the past eight years largely because of more effective prevention policies, say new estimates released this week by UNAIDS and the World Health Organization.

“Most of this progress has been in sub-Saharan Africa where there were 400 000 fewer infections in 2008 than in 2001,” Paul deLay, UNAIDS deputy executive director, told reporters.

In 2008, the agencies estimate there were 33.4 million people living with HIV, 2.7 million were infected with the virus, and 2 million people died of AIDS related illnesses, he said.

“This is clear evidence …

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