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posted Friday, November 25, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 47
UNAIDS says AIDS deaths down, people living with HIV/AIDS up
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UNAIDS says AIDS deaths down, people living with HIV/AIDS up

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

New figures released by UNAIDS - the United Nations HIV/AIDS agency - reveal that the number of AIDS-related deaths and the number of new HIV infections are down world-wide, while the number of people living with HIV is at record high levels.

The new figures, covering the year 2010, were released on November 21 in advance of World AIDS Day, December 1.

AIDS-related deaths peaked in 2005, and have now declined 21% from that peak level, UNAIDS said.

The number of new HIV infections peaked in 1997, and have also declined 21%, according to the UNAIDS report.

In raw numbers, some 2.2 million people died from AIDS related causes in 2005. By 2010, the number was down to 1.8 million. In 1997 there were 3.2 million new HIV infections. By 2010, the number was 2.7 million.

UNAIDS says the decline in both numbers can be attributed to a major expansion in access to treatment.

'We are on the verge of a significant breakthrough," UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe said.

"Even in a very difficult financial crisis, countries are delivering results in the AIDS response. We have seen a massive scale up in access to HIV treatment which has had a dramatic effect on the lives of people everywhere."

UNAIDS estimates 700,000 deaths were averted last year because of better access to treatment. That has also helped cut new HIV infections, as people undergoing care are less likely to infect others.

The UNAIDS report said the full preventive impact of treatment is likely to be seen in the next five years, as more countries improve treatment.

Its report added that even though the AIDS epidemic is not over, "The end may be in sight if countries invest smartly."

"The number of new HIV infections is 30-50% lower now than it would have been in the absence of universal access to treatment for eligible people living with HIV," the UNAIDS report said.

Caribbean nations saw new HIV infections decline by a third since 2001. The Dominican Republic and Jamaica specifically saw infections drop by more than 25%.

The most impressive reduction, however, was in India, where the number of new HIV infections fell by a whopping 56%.

The number of new HIV infections has dropped by more than 26% in sub-Saharan Africa and has been declining or holding steady in most parts of the world.

In Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and North Africa, however, the number of new HIV infections continues to rise.

According to UNAIDS and World Health Organization estimates, the number of HIV-positive people who accessed antiretroviral treatment in 2010 increased by 1.35 million over 2009, coming to a record 6.6 million people.

"Close to half of all people who need treatment are currently accessing that treatment. So this comes to about 6.6 million people. Some of the same drugs are also used to reduce mother-to-child transmission. So that's another area where we are seeing favorable trends," UNAIDS chief epidemiologist Peter Ghys said.

Sub-Saharan Africa has seen the most dramatic improvement in treatment rates, with a 20% rise in people undergoing treatment between 2009 and 2010. About half of those eligible for treatment are now receiving it, UNAIDS says.

Some countries have seen particularly striking improvements.

In Namibia, for example, treatment access has reached 90% and condom use rose to 75%, resulting in a 60% drop in new infections by 2010.

Several recent studies show that treatment can be up to 96% effective in preventing HIV transmission among partners.

UNAIDS said that the increase in male circumcision and the increase in condom use have also contributed to the decline in new infections and AIDS-related deaths.

Because of the increase in the number of HIV-positive people receiving treatment, the number of people living with HIV has reached a record 34 million, UNAIDS says.

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