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Annual HIV incidence fell by a third from 2000 to 2014

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 02 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6492
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The annual number of adults and children newly infected with HIV fell from 3.1 million in 2000 to 2.1 million in 2014, show new figures released by the World Health Organization for world AIDS day on 1 December.1

The decline in the number of new infections was even steeper in Africa, which saw a 40% drop (from 2.3 million to 1.4 million) over the same period.

The number of people receiving treatment has also increased substantially, with an estimated 16 million taking antiretrovirals in 2014, 11 million of whom were in Africa. In 2000 …

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