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UNAIDS Report for 2003: Most Deaths and New Infections Ever; Some Good News

November 28, 2003

Three million people died of AIDS this year compared with 2.7 million last year, and five million were newly infected -- both more than ever before, according AIDS Epidemic Update: December 2003, compiled and published by UNAIDS, the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS. Forty million people are now living with HIV, up slightly from last year.

There is good news from a number of individual countries, as well as increased commitment from many governments, and increased total resources worldwide devoted to the epidemic. Some prevention programs have worked well. But many countries are at a critical stage where they could abort a major epidemic if they act now. Unfortunately some of their governments are still not serious about AIDS.

AIDS Epidemic Update: December 2003 is available at: www.unaids.org.

A few situations, among hundreds of others:

Facts like these hint at what individuals and organizations can do. Many of the problems are local, and can only be handled by those directly involved. But many others (especially the lack of resources) are global. And many problems in the developing world originate in the U.S. and other rich countries.


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