General Article AIDS by the numbers

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Latest estimates from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) show that the world continues to close in on the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by stopping HIV transmission and halting AIDS-related deaths. Remarkable progress has been made over the last decade – yet significant challenges remain.



New HIV infections

Globally, the number of new HIV infections continues to fall. There were 2.3 million new HIV infections [1.9 million–2.7 million] in 2012. This is the lowest number of annual new infections since the mid-to-late 1990s, when approximately 3.5 million [3.3 million–4.1 million] people were acquiring HIV every year.

The number of HIV infections declined by more than 50% in 26 countries between 2001 and 2002 and between 25% and 49% in an additional 17 countries.

The drop in new HIV infections is most pronounced among children. From 2001 to 2012 the number of children newly infected with HIV dropped by 52% – from 550,000 [500,000–620,000] in 2001 to 260,000 ...

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