Twenty-five countries, many in hard-hit Africa, have at least halved new HIV infections in the past decade, with particular progress made toward protecting children from the deadly virus, the United Nations said Tuesday.
(GENEVA-AFP) - "It is becoming evident that achieving zero new HIV infections in children is possible," Michel Sidibe, the executive director of UNAIDS, said in a statement.
"I am excited that far fewer babies are being born with HIV. We are moving from despair to hope," he added.
In its annual report on the state of the global pandemic, UNAIDS stressed that 25 low- and middle-income countries had managed to at least halve their rate of new HIV infections
More than half of those countries were in Africa, the region most affected by HIV, the agency said, pointing out for instance that Malawi had cut new infections by 73 percent, while Botswana had seen a 68-percent drop.