Geneva, Switzerland (4E) – The number of new HIV infections among adults and children in 2012 dropped 33 percent from 2001 level while AIDS-related deaths dropped 30 percent since 2005, according to a report of the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
New HIV infections last year were estimated at 2.3 million, according to the report released Monday by the global HIV/AIDS response. Of this number, infection among children decreased dramatically by 52 percent to 260,000 since 2001.
At such a rate of decrease, the program could meet its target of eradicating AIDS by 2015. U.N. member states agreed in 2011 to treat 15 million HIV patients by 2015.
The report attributed the decrease in the number of AIDS deaths to greater access to antiretroviral treatment. By the end of 2012, some 9.7 million people in low- and middle-income countries were accessing antiretroviral therapy, an increase of nearly 20 percent in just one year.
“Huge leaps forward have been made to make sure that millions of people – especially in the developing world – can access lifesaving HIV treatment at an affordable price,” said Bev Collins, Health Policy Advisor at Doctors without Borders, according to BBC.