29.11.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

World AIDS Day: a celebration of prositive changes

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the World AIDS Day, 1 December 2013

This World AIDS Day is an opportunity to celebrate much progress.

Globally, new HIV infections are down 33 percent in 2012 from 2001. New infections among children have dropped even further, down 52 percent to 260,000.  Since the peak in 2005, AIDS-related deaths have dropped by 30 percent, thanks largely to some 10 million people in low- and middle-income countries receiving life-saving antiretroviral treatment. The United Nations is set to exceed its goal of ensuring that 15 million people receive treatment by 2015. 

All of this is positive, but fragile.

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