HIV declines in some countries by 50 percent: UNAIDS

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UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé

There were 700,000 thousand fewer new cases of HIV/AIDS infection in 2011 than there were in 2001.

In addition, since 2005, half a million people did not die of HIV/AIDS, thanks to anti-retroviral therapy and other AIDS-reduction interventions, according to Results, the UN World AIDS Day Report for 2012.

The report, prepared by the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS – UNAIDS – shows, in fact, that a more than 50 percent reduction in the rate of new HIV infections has been achieved across 25 low and middle income countries, more than half of them in Africa.

Michel Sidibe is the Executive Director of UNAIDS.

"We are already achieving the Millennium Development Goal of halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic. New HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths are declining every single place in the world. And the news is good for babies. We are reporting that half of all reductions in HIV infections in the past two years have been among children."

Executive Director Sidibe says not long ago, there were only three countries in the world – Thailand, Uganda and Senegal – that could boast HIV infection reduction.

Beng Poblete-Enriquez, United Nations

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