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Safer sexual practices lead to 25% drop in HIV among young people

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3807 (Published 14 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3807
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The prevalence of HIV among young people aged 15 to 24 has fallen by more than 25% in 15 of the 25 countries most affected by AIDS, largely because of changes in sexual behaviour, says a report by UNAIDS.

    Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, told reporters that, “The goods news is that young people are taking the lead” in starting an HIV prevention revolution.

    He said investments in HIV prevention are showing results. Countries that have met the 25% reduction since 2000 include Botswana, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, says a report from UNAIDS.

    In some countries prevalence fell even further. In Kenya, for example, there was a 60% decline in HIV …

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