The global AIDS epidemic has been halted and reversed: UNAIDSListen /
A new report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) shows dramatic acceleration towards reaching 2015 global targets on HIV.
UNAIDS says there has been a 52 per cent reduction in new HIV infections among children and a combined 33 per cent reduction among adults and children since 2001.
AIDS-related deaths have also dropped by 30 per cent since the peak in 2005 as access to antiretroviral treatment expands.
In addition to outlining new global HIV estimates, the 2013 UNAIDS Report on the global AIDS epidemic reviews progress on ten specific targets which were set by United Nations Member States.
Peter Ghys is the UNAIDS Chief of Data.
"The progress in reducing new infections among children has been very dramatic. It is the one indicator that has declined the most. So the success can be attributed to programmes that have been put in place to reduce the transmission from mothers to their children."
However, the UNAIDS report notes that gender inequality, punitive laws and discriminatory actions continue to hamper national responses to HIV.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.