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AIDS now fourth biggest killer worldwide, report says

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7324.1271c (Published 01 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1271
  1. Alex Vass
  1. BMJ

    A joint report by the World Health Organization and the United Nations, published this week to coincide with world AIDS day, concludes that AIDS is the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa and the fourth biggest killer worldwide.

    Since the epidemic began 20 years ago, 60 million people worldwide have been infected with the virus, and currently 40 million people live with HIV.

    The report warns that rates of infection are rising fastest in eastern Europe and Russia. In 2001 …

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