09/19/2010 // Africa // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Geneva – New data shows that the rate of new HIV infections in Sub-Saharan Africa has significantly dropped in the last decade. As reported by AFP, UNAIDS released a statement Friday saying the region, which is reportedly one in which AIDS has had the worst impact, is leading a drop in the number of new infections of the virus, with over a 25 percent decrease.
The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS is quoted in the report as releasing the statement, “The data shows that countries with the largest epidemics in Africa — Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe — are leading the drop in new HIV infections.”
UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe is further quoted as stating, “For the first time change is happening at the heart of the epidemic. In places where HIV was stealing away dreams, we now have hope.”
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