Togo Says It Halves HIV/AIDS Rate
July 24, 2006
On Saturday, a statement issued by Togo's cabinet said HIV prevalence in the small West African state fell from 6 percent in 2005 to 3.2 percent in 2006. The statement did not say whether the drop was due to mortality among AIDS patients, other factors, or population growth, which is running at almost 3 percent per year. Health ministry figures show that HIV infects about 120,000 of Togo's 5.5 million people. Of the 18,000 infected people who need antiretrovirals, only 5,400 are receiving them, said Health Minister Suzanne Aho. Unlike sub-Saharan Africa, West Africa has so far escaped the worst of the AIDS pandemic.