More than 7 million now on HIV treatment across Africa: UNAIDS

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A new report says the number of people in Africa receiving antiretroviral treatment increased from less than 1 million in 2005 to 7.1 million in 2012, with nearly 1 million added in the last year alone.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) says AIDS-related deaths are also continuing to fall––reducing by 32% from 2005 to 2011 as are the numbers of new HIV infections which have fallen by 33% from 2001 to 2011.

The report attributes this success to strong leadership and shared responsibility in Africa and among the global community. It also urges sustained commitment to ensure Africa achieves zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé, says "Africa has been relentless in its quest to turn the AIDS epidemic around", adding that "As we celebrate 50 years of African unity, let us also celebrate the achievements Africa has made in responding to HIV—and recommit to pushing forward so that future generations can grow up free from AIDS."

The report on the AIDS response in Africa, documenting the remarkable recent progress against HIV on the continent, comes as the African Union (AU) begins its 21st summit in Addis Ababa, celebrating 50 years of African unity.

Africa continues to be more affected by HIV than any other region of the world, accounting for 69% of people living with HIV globally.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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