Fall in incidence of HIV in Asia-Pacific region stalls

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 02 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7145
  1. Patralekha Chatterjee
  1. 1New Delhi

The Asia-Pacific region (south and east Asia) has seen a 26% reduction in new HIV infections since 2001, says a new report from UNAIDS. The report was released on 19 November at the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) held in Bangkok, Thailand.

But Jan Beagle, the deputy executive director of UNAIDS, pointed out that the fall had stalled in recent years. She told the conference, “The number of annual new infections has remained largely unchanged over the last five years, and emerging epidemics are becoming evident in a number of countries.”

The report also recorded a rise in domestic public spending on HIV and AIDS across the region in the past decade. Three of the 10 countries with the highest HIV burden in the region are paying for almost all of their response to …

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