UNAIDS report shows gaps and gains made in fight

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There were 34.2 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS at the end of last year, a slight increase from 33.5 million the year before, according the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

The new 2012 UNAIDS report "Together we will end AIDS" was launched Wednesday in Washington DC ahead of the XIX International AIDS Conference taking place from 22-27 July.

The report contains the latest data on numbers of new HIV infections, numbers of people receiving antiretroviral treatment, AIDS-related deaths and HIV among children as well as funding figures.

It also highlights new scientific opportunities and social progress, and gives an overview of international and domestic HIV investments.

Paul De Lay is Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS.

"We're continuing to see a slow but steady decline in the two major markers for this epidemic and those are the number of incident infections of new infections and the mortality secondary to AIDS. Slow but steady is a positive; it is a positive message but it's not fast enough, and I think that's important when we look at some of the targets coming up."

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