For every 100 people put on treatment, 250 are newly infected, according to the United Nations’ AIDS-fighting agency, Unaids.
There is more here and the article is interesting throughout. Victories in the war against AIDS in Africa are being reversed and fairly quickly at that.
Prevalence of HIV among young people is falling in some of the worst-hit countries around the world amid a change in their sexual behaviour patterns, UNAIDS said Tuesday."For the first time... reductions in HIV prevalence among young people have coincided with a change in sexual behaviour patterns among people," said the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS in a report."A change is happening among young people across the world, especially in parts of sub-Saharan Africa" where about 80 percent of infected youths -- four million -- live," said UNAIDS.
More money, less waste and smarter programmes are urgently needed to consolidate precious gains in the war on AIDS and HIV, UNAIDS said on ahead of the disease's 30th anniversary."The number of people becoming infected and dying is decreasing, but the international resources needed to sustain this progress have declined for the first time in 10 years, despite tremendous unmet needs," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned on Friday.
A new and more aggressive strain of HIV discovered in West Africa causes significantly faster progression to AIDS, researchers at Sweden's Lund University said Thursday. The new strain of the virus that causes AIDS, called A3/02, is a fusion of the two most common HIV strains in Guinea-Bissau. It has so far only been found in West Africa.
Mobile phones may be a key weapon in the war against HIV and AIDS in Africa, says to the UNAIDS chief.The relatively new technology has a role to play in a continent plagued by inadequate health centres and dilapidated infrastructure, said Michel Sidibe, the executive director of the United Nations AIDS agency."You can talk about different policies, about capacity building, but you can't beat this kind of epidemic with facility-based approach only," he added.
Leading scientists fighting the world's worst Aids epidemic have called on African leaders to head a month-long sexual abstinence campaign, saying it would substantially reduce new infections.
Epidemiologists Alan Whiteside and Justin Parkhurst cite evidence that a newly infected person is most likely to transmit HIV in the month after being exposed to it. An abstinence campaign could cut new infections by up to 45%, they say – a huge step in countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Swaziland.
There are fears of a bubonic plague outbreak after a teenage boy in Kyrgyzstan died last week from eating infected barbecued meat, the Guardian reports. The meat came from a marmot, a rodent known to be a carrier of the disease.
Sub-Saharan Africa, the region worst affected by AIDS, is leading a decline in new HIV infections, UNAIDS said Friday, with new infections in the area declining by over a quarter in the last decade."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," said the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS in a statement.