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Foundation is laid for the “end of AIDS,” says UN report

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 21 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7899
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Global solidarity in responding to AIDS has led to such “extraordinary health gains” that the 2012 annual update on the epidemic from UNAIDS, the joint United Nations programme on HIV and AIDS, has said that it “has enabled the foundation to be laid for the eventual end of AIDS.”1

However, although much of the report signalled progress, there were still some countries where the number of people affected by HIV was expanding, and to tackle these national epidemics in the next few years would require “significant effort,” it says.

The report shows that the rate of new HIV infections more than halved in 25 low income and middle income countries. More than half these countries are in Africa, the region most affected by HIV. In some of the countries with the highest prevalence of HIV the rate of new …

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