Number of HIV infections is still rising despite prevention and treatment efforts, UN says

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 31 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1134
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    The number of people with HIV or AIDS has risen in every region of the world, although many countries have increased their efforts to prevent infections and provide treatment, said the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, last week.

    “Today 40 million people are living with HIV,” Mr Ban said. Almost half of them are women. More women—including married women—are living with HIV than ever before. Without adequate treatment all those infected will die.

    “Some 8000 people die of AIDS related illnesses every day. At the same time, another 12 000 become infected with HIV. For every person who starts antiretroviral treatment, six more become infected.”

    He was speaking at a session of the UN general assembly that was reviewing implementation of …

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