East and Southern Africa most heavily affected by HIV epidemic

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Health Center in Mozambique provides comprehensive maternal and child health services, including HIV counselling and testing, and prevention.

More needs to be done to reduce new infections in Africa's Eastern and regions, according to Dr Sheila Tlau, Regional Director for East and Southern Africa at the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Dr. Tlau told reporters in Geneva on Thursday that three quarters of the 34 million people living with HIV in the world are in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Tlau said that the region has made progress in reducing new HIV infections.

"Between 1997 up to now they have had 25-26 per cent reduction in new infections. However, we are also having new infections in a lot of countries. So that we have to now focus on making sure that we scale up voluntary medical male circumcision, behaviour change and all those to ensure that we reduce those infections."

Duration: 23”

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