Global HIV infections among children cut in half since 2001

new report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has today reviewed the progress made against HIV infections since the start of this century and found a lot of encouraging data. Annual infections among children, perhaps the most tragic demographic to be affected by the spread of the AIDS virus, have fallen to 260,000 in 2012, 52 percent lower than 2001’s 550,000. When adults are included as well, the reduction is smaller in relative terms, but greater in absolute numbers: there were 3.4 million new HIV infections in 2001 compared to 2.3 million in 2012.

These headline stats are backed up by other positive data, such as the number of AIDS-related deaths globally, which rose to a peak of 2.3 million between 2005…

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