Global HIV Infections Down 33% Since 2001

A new report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) shows that recent statistics on HIV infection and AIDS-related death support the progression towards reaching 2015 global targets.

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In 2012, new HIV infections among adults and children were estimated at 2.3 million, a 33% reduction since 2001. Among children, new infections have been reduced to 260,000 in 2012, which is a 52% reduction since 2001. Also, AIDS-related deaths have also dropped by 30% since its peak in 2005.

In 2011, the United Nations Member States agreed to a target of reaching 15 million people with HIV treatment by 2015. 

By the end of 2012, about 9.7 million people in low- and middle-income countries were accessing antiretroviral therapy, an increase of nearly 20% in just one year. Moreover, the report showed that tuberculosis-related deaths among people living with HIV have declined by 36% since 2004.

In addition to discussing the new global HIV estimates, the 2013 UNAIDS Report on the global AIDS epidemic reviews progress on ten specific targets which were set by United Nations Member States in the 2011 UN Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS.

For more information visit the 2013 Global AIDS Report page.

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