New HIV infections fall by a sixth in a decade

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 24 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6739
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

From 1999 to 2009 the number of new infections of HIV fell worldwide by 16%, says a report by UNAIDS, the joint United Nations agency on HIV and AIDS. Greater use of effective antiretrovirals has also resulted in fewer AIDS related deaths, it says.

The fall in new infections between 2001 and 2009 exceeded 25% in 33 countries, including 22 in sub-Saharan Africa, says the report. However, in seven countries—five in eastern Europe and central Asia—the incidence of HIV rose by more than 25% in the same period.

Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, said, “We are breaking the trajectory of the AIDS epidemic with bold actions and …

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