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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
AFRICA: UN: AIDS Deaths Down, Treatment Up in Africa
Staff Writer
May 23, 2013
Voice of America News (05.21.2013) Aids Weekly Plus

A new report released on May 21 by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS demonstrated that the number of individuals in Africa who receive antiretroviral drugs increased from less than 1 million in 2005 to more than 7 million in 2012. The report also stated that while Africa continued to be affected by HIV more than any other region in the world, AIDS-related deaths fell by a third from 2005 to 2012. According to the report, Africa accounted for 70 percent of all those infected with HIV globally. In 2011, the continent reported 1.8 million new HIV infections and 1.2 million deaths from AIDS-related illnesses.