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Over 34 million people living with HIV worldwide, says UN

Sub-Saharan Africa has the largest number of cases, with 23.5 million, followed by South Asia and South-East, with 4.2 million

 
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Pedro Chequer (standing) in Brazil coordinator of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) and Jorge Chediek, UN representative in Brazil Pedro Chequer during release of a report on global HIV / AIDS.
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Pedro Chequer (standing) in Brazil coordinator of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) and Jorge Chediek, UN representative in Brazil
Pedro Chequer during release of a report on global HIV / AIDS.

Report released today (18) by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) indicates that 34.2 million people living with HIV worldwide, with 30.7 million adults, 16.7 million women and 3 4 million children under 15.

Sub-Saharan Africa recorded the highest number of people infected, with 23.5 million, followed by South Asia and South-East, with 4.2 million. The Pacific has the lowest estimate, 53,000 infected. In Latin America, there are 1.4 million.

Data also indicate that in 2011, 2.5 million new infections have been identified worldwide, with 2.2 million adults and 330,000 children under 15 years. The number represents more than 7000 new infections per day and 97% were reported in low-and middle-income.

Sub-Saharan Africa leads the ranking with 1.7 million new infections. Then come to South Asia and South East (300,000) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (170,000). In Latin America, 86,000 people were infected in 2011.

Since the deaths caused by HIV in the same period totaled 1.7 million, with 1.5 million adults and 230,000 among children under 15 years of age. In North America, 20,000 people died last year due to HIV, in the Caribbean region, 10 000; in Latin America, 57,000; in Western and Central Europe, 9300; in Eastern Europe and Central Asia 90000, East Asia, 60 000; in South Asia and South-Eastern, 270 000, North Africa and the Middle East, 25 000, Sub-Saharan Africa, 1.2 million, and Oceania, 1300.

In 2011, 2.5 million new infections have been identified worldwide, with 2.2 million adults and 330,000 children under 15 years.

The coordinator of UNAIDS in Brazil, Pedro Chequer, explained that the high number of people with HIV worldwide is a reflection of the fall in deaths from disease, mainly because of increased access to antiretroviral drugs.

These people are living longer and not dying, as before, he said. This is the first time the UN published a report with a positive outlook, that we can achieve in 2015 to control the epidemic, he added.

He said the drop in reports of this disease in sub-Saharan Africa, a result expected on some of the perspectives presented in the 1980 and 1990. But he said the disease progresses in Russia and Central Asia.

Chequer also warned that women account for almost half the number of people living with HIV worldwide. He said there was concern, particularly with new infections among young women and homosexuals.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
   Palavras-chave:   AIDS    HIV    UN Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS    UNAIDS    Report   
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