Monday, April 17, 2006

PREVENTION: 45 million new HIV cases projected to occur worldwide between 2002 and 2010

VIA:AlerNet

EXCERPTS FROM ARTICLE: Africa launches push to prevent new HIV cases
JOHANNESBURG, April 11 (Reuters) - African leaders have launched a drive to halt new HIV infections, saying prevention may be the best remaining hope to stop the AIDS pandemic from cutting an ever-deeper swathe across the continent.
The African Union (AU) said programmes on education, counseling, testing and condom distribution could stop 29 million of the 45 million new HIV cases projected to occur worldwide between 2002 and 2010.

While global attention has focused on bringing HIV treatment, including anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs, to help Africa combat the world's worst AIDS crisis, new HIV infections continue unabated across much of the continent.

In 2005, 3.2 million of the five million new HIV infections recorded globally occurred in sub-Saharan Africa -- a region struggling with some 26 million HIV-positive people and mourning at least 22 million killed by the disease since the 1980s.

The initiative follows the failure of the U.N.'s "3 by 5" programme which had hoped to put three million people in the developing world on ARVs by the end of 2005.
While officials said progress was made in broadening access to treatment, only about 1.3 million people were receiving the drugs by the end of the target period.

EMPHASIZE PREVENTION
South Africa dropped its official objections to ARVs in 2003 and now has one of the world's largest ARV programmes -- albeit one that reaches only about 100,000 people, or half the number of South Africans AIDS kills every year. The government meanwhile continues to promote a grassroots response to the epidemic with the emphasis on basic health care, nutrition, abstinence programmes and condom distribution.

The new AU initiative reflects many of these priorities, highlighting the need to both educate people about the virus and provide more testing to stop new transmissions.
To illustrate the need, UNICEF said that every day, nearly 2,000 infants are infected with HIV during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding and 6,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 contract the virus -- most of them in Africa.

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