UNAIDS: Rate of new HIV infections drops by half in 25 countries
Volunteers in Taiwan join a human chain in the form of a red ribbon for HIV/AIDS for World Aids Day 2011.
November 20th, 2012
02:17 PM ET

UNAIDS: Rate of new HIV infections drops by half in 25 countries

New HIV infections have dropped more than 50% in 25 low- and middle-income countries, according to a new World AIDS Day report by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

There were 700,000 fewer new infections last year than in 2001, according to the report "Results."  More than half of the countries reporting fewer infections are in sub-Saharan Africa, the region with some of the highest number of HIV cases in the world.  Infection rates have dropped dramatically in Malawi (73%), Botswana (71%), Namibia (68%) Zambia (58% ), Zimbabwe (50%) and by 41% in Swaziland and South Africa, for example.

Along with these reductions, AIDS experts say the number of people getting antiretroviral treatment increased 63% in the past two years.  Sub-Saharan Africa treated a record 2.3 million people, and the number of people treated in China jumped 50% last year.

AIDS-related deaths dropped more than 25% over the last six years, and countries with some of the highest HIV rates are seeing the biggest drops in mortality.  There are also fewer, tuberculosis-related AIDS deaths are, according to the report, dropping 13% in the last two years.

"The pace of progress is quickening - what used to take a decade is now being achieved in 24 months," said Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS. "We are scaling up faster and smarter than ever before.  It is the proof that with political will and follow-through, we can reach our shared goals by 2015."

Those goals, called the Millennium Development Goals, were established in 2000 when 189 countries pledged to accomplish eight goals - including eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and reducing child mortality - by 2015.  Combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases was another one of those goals.

The report found more than 81 countries have increased their own domestic investments in treatment and prevention by 50% over the last 10 years.  Currently nearly half of all international HIV aid comes from the United States; along with the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the United States provides much of the treatment dollars.

In the last two years, half of the new infection rate reductions have been in children, said Dr. Bernhard Schwartlander, director for evidence, strategy and results at UNAIDS.  In fact, in the last 24 months, the number of children newly infected with HIV fell 40% in six countries.

"It is becoming evident that achieving zero new HIV infections in children is possible," said Sidibé. "I am excited that far fewer babies are being born with HIV.  We are moving from despair to hope."

Last year, more than 34 million people around the world were living with HIV.  A total of 2.5 million people became newly infected, and 1.7 million people died.  According to the report, men who have sex with men, intravenous drug users and sex workers are still disproportionately affected by the disease.

Even though the news is encouraging, Sidibé says work remains to be done.

"UNAIDS will focus on supporting countries to accelerate access to HIV testing and treatment.  Now that we know that rapid and massive scale-up is possible, we need to do more to reach key populations with crucial HIV services," said Sidibé.

World AIDS Day is December 1.

soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Danjuma K. Adda

    This is good to hear, kudos to all groups partners and agencies working all over the world to mitigate the rate of HIV pandemic.My prayer is for my continent Africa and country Nigeria to witness the drop in new HIV infections across all segments of the population.
    May God bless all donor agencies and those committed to this cause, especially the USA/Global Fund etc, for providing funding leading to the massive scale up of activities and interventions leading to this cheery news.

    November 20, 2012 at 18:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Hendrik Verwoerd

    I pray that all africans will ask God for help in changing their situation. I pray that they realise the importance of a good education and good hygiene. Education and female empowerment on the continent is of paramount importance if they are ever to tackle the unbridled population expolosion. They can only improve their lot in life if they make the concious decision to have fewer babies. Let us hope they will see the light soon.

    November 20, 2012 at 19:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jeff

      Having beliefs in things like GOD are exactly why places like Africa cannot break the cycle of disease, poverty and violence. Instead of seeing reality and doing something about it, they depend upon something imaginary that their culture has tried to convince them has an effect upon things. People laugh at the belief in some African countries that having intercourse with a baby cures HIV........just how is that any different than thinking that GOD can change something? The only reason why believe in such and follow such is because they've been told to do so....without any tangible evidence whatsoever as to why. Think about it.

      November 21, 2012 at 02:18 | Report abuse |
  3. VampireJack

    The reason why the numbers are increasing in Africa – why, it's because so many have left and come to the West as immigrants and are spreading it here instead.

    November 21, 2012 at 03:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • VampireJack

      Of course I meant "decreasing" in Africa.
      Damn, it's still early over here...

      November 21, 2012 at 03:18 | Report abuse |
  4. Jupiter Das

    I want to know more information about CNN HEALTH on the following address

    Jupiter Das
    General Secretary
    Voice of People

    November 22, 2012 at 13:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Lyndia Moland

    If some one wants expert view regarding blogging and site-building then i advise him/her to go to see this website, Keep up the good job.|


    September 30, 2018 at 14:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. https://carpet-cleaning-tulsa-ok.com

    Hi there friends, its wonderful article concerning cultureand completely
    defined, keep it up all the time.

    February 4, 2021 at 21:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Workshops in Canberra

    Because the admin of this website is working, no uncertainty very quickly it
    will be renowned, due to its feature contents.

    February 13, 2021 at 18:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. bdsm escorts madrid

    164877 866477This internet site is often a walk-through like the information you wanted in regards to this and didnt know who to question. Glimpse here, and youll surely discover it. 329036

    February 18, 2021 at 12:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. innoplatform property in cyprus

    That is very interesting, You are an overly skilled blogger.

    I've joined your rss feed and look forward to looking for more of
    your fantastic post. Additionally, I have shared your site in my social networks

    February 23, 2021 at 02:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Boost Instagram Post Views

    Hi would you mind letting me know which hosting company you're utilizing? I've loaded your blog in 3 different browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you recommend a good internet hosting provider at a reasonable price? Thank you, I appreciate it!


    February 25, 2021 at 22:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Cheap Social Media Followers

    Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your article seem to be running off the screen in Opera. I'm not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I thought I'd post to let you know. The design look great though! Hope you get the problem fixed soon. Kudos


    February 27, 2021 at 07:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Jeanelle Voorhes

    This is a topic that is close to my heart... Take care! Where are your contact details though?


    March 31, 2021 at 06:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Barabara Nordin

    I could not refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!


    April 2, 2021 at 00:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. look at this web-site

    47036 565868You made some decent points there. I looked on the net for any problem and found most individuals goes in addition to with all your website. 224220

    April 8, 2021 at 00:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. replica rolex submariner green dial

    978108 84949Some truly quality weblog posts on this web web site , saved to my bookmarks . 925834

    April 11, 2021 at 08:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. us prices on vardenafil

    vardenafil 20mg india manufacturer https://vegavardenafil.com/ vardenafil buy

    April 11, 2021 at 22:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. order tadalafil

    generic tadalafil united states https://elitadalafill.com/ order tadalafil

    April 15, 2021 at 04:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. how much is alprostadil

    alprostadil 250mcg urethral supp https://alprostadildrugs.com/ alprostadil pellet

    April 16, 2021 at 06:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. order zithromax

    zithropan https://zithromaxes.com/ azithromycin for cellulitis

    April 17, 2021 at 23:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. canadian pills pharmacy

    best canadian mail order pharmacies for diet pills https://canadapillstorex.com/ best canadian mail order pharmacies for diet pills

    April 20, 2021 at 00:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. canadian pharmacy for cialis

    cialis canadian discounts https://canadacialisstore.com/ buy generic cialis without prescription canadian pharmacy

    April 21, 2021 at 05:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. ed supplements at cvs

    is erectile dysfunction reversible https://canadaerectiledysfunctionpills.com/ how erectile dysfunction affects women

    April 25, 2021 at 09:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. dapoxetine

    dapoxetine pills dapoxetine tablet

    April 27, 2021 at 17:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Remona

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you so much, However I am having troubles with your RSS.
    I don't understand why I can't join it. Is there anyone else getting identical RSS issues?
    Anybody who knows the answer will you kindly respond?

    April 29, 2021 at 04:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. canadian customs pills vitamins

    canadian pills online https://canadapillstorex.com/ canadian diet pills

    April 29, 2021 at 06:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. avanafil

    avana drug avanafil

    April 30, 2021 at 15:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. do you need prescription for canadian prescription of cialis in usa

    canadian pharmacy tadalafil viagara cialis https://canadacialisstore.com/ canadian pharmacy for cialis

    May 1, 2021 at 19:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. how much is viagra in canada

    buying viagra in canada https://canadaviagrastore.com/ viagra canada purchase

    May 2, 2021 at 08:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. cuponesdescuentoamazonusa81470.newbigblog.com

    I'd like to find out more? I'd want to find out more details.

    May 2, 2021 at 15:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. hcq

    hloroquine https://chloroquineorigin.com/ used to treat malaria chloro

    May 2, 2021 at 18:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Brittni Lapinta

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl websites and blogs


    May 10, 2021 at 06:46 | Report abuse | Reply

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.