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Steep Drop in New HIV Infections Worldwide — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
September 24, 2013

Steep Drop in New HIV Infections Worldwide

By the Editors

There was a 33% reduction in new HIV infections among adults and children worldwide from 2001 to 2012, according to a report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

The report also notes that the infection rate among children dropped 52% in that period. As access to antiretroviral drugs expanded, AIDS-related deaths dropped by nearly a third since their peak in 2005.

"The news from this report is welcome, and further evidence that treatment as prevention really works," said Paul Sax, an HIV/AIDS expert with NEJM Journal Watch. "Given the difficulty of diagnosing and retaining all patients in care, sustaining this decline will be a major challenge."

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