UN Says New AIDS Infections Dropped Since 2001
June 6, 2011
Since the turn of the new millennium, HIV infection rates have dropped almost 25 percent; fewer people are dying of AIDS; and unparalleled strides have been made in accessibility to therapy and prevention assistance, according to "AIDS at 30: Nations at the Crossroads," a report released Thursday by UNAIDS.
Sex workers, according to the report, experienced an increase in HIV prevalence from 44 to 50 percent between 2008 and 2010. At the same time, HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men went from 30 percent to 36 percent. Additionally, one in five of the 15.9 million intravenous drug users around the world are HIV-positive.
Resources donated to help developing countries grapple with AIDS jumped by $14.3 billion from 2001-09. However, despite the persistent need, such funding recently declined for the first time.
Compared to HIV's staggering growth between 1981 and 2000, the report states worldwide reaction to HIV has realized "important achievements" -- while still falling short of global and national prevention targets.
"People in rich countries don't die from AIDS anymore, but those in poor countries still do and that's just not acceptable," former President Bill Clinton wrote in the report.
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This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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