The fight against AIDS

UNAIDS, the UN body charged with combatting the AIDS epidemic, released its latest report. This carries good news. Though some 33m people are infected, the rate of new infections is falling—down from 3.1m a year a decade ago to 2.6m in 2009. Moreover, as the map shows, the figure is falling fastest in many of the most heavily infected countries. The reason is a combination of behavioural change, a big reduction in mother-to-child transmission at birth and through breast-feeding, and the roll-out of drug treatment for those already infected.


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