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HIV infections down by 13%

A report shows while a recorded 35 million people are living with the virus, the infection rate has dropped.

FILE. A report shows while a recorded 35 million people are living with the virus, the infection rate has dropped. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The United Nations AIDS Agency (UNAIDS) has reported the lowest levels of new HIV infections this century across the world, with the figure now standing at 2.1 million annually.

But the new data also shows that 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV don't know their status.

The UNAIDS report shows that while 35 million people were living with HIV worldwide at the end of last year, in the last three years alone new HIV infections have fallen by 13 percent.

In Sub-Saharan Africa adolescent girls and young women account for one in four new HIV infections.

The region accounts for the highest number of people living with HIV, with 24.7 million infected while Asia and the Pacific follow with 4.8 million.

The report also indicates that AIDS related deaths are at their lowest since a peak in 2005 and have decline globally by 35 percent.

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