The UN has come with good news at our doorstep as they announce that progress in the last years have caused the HIV infection to go down and stabilise the number of people who are infected by the disease. The report said that at the end of 2011, around 34 million people were living with HIV. 2.3 million deaths were reported in 2005 and 1.8 million in 2010, this number has reduced to 1.7 million in 2011. It is also reported that the number of people who get newly infected with HIV is also falling. At 2.5 million, the number of new infections in 2011 was 20 percent lower than in 2001.
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The UNAIDS said, "The global community has embarked on an historic quest to lay the foundation for the eventual end of the AIDS epidemic. This effort is more than merely visionary. It is entirely feasible.” The report further said that, "Although AIDS remains one of the world's most serious health challenges, global solidarity in the AIDS response during the past decade continues to generate extraordinary health gains.”
UNAIDS reported that the sharpest declines in new HIV infections since 2001 were in the Caribbean and in sub-Saharan Africa - where new infections were down 25 percent in a decade.
However, the sub-Saharan Africa still accounts for 71 percent of people newly infected in 2011, underscoring the need to boost HIV prevention efforts in the region, UNAIDS said. Also, of the 1.7 million AIDS-related deaths in 2011, 1.2 million were in sub-Saharan Africa.
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