UNAIDS — HIV/AIDS infections statistics drop last year by 26 percent in Asia Pacific region since 2001, to an estimated 350,000. In 2008, 4.7 million people in Asia were living with HIV according to the United Nations.
United Nation’s latest annual report, released during the 2013 International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, there were an estimated 270,000 AIDS-related deaths last year in the Asia-Pacific region, a 18-per-cent decline since 2005 UN says.
Regionally, the epidemic has remained somewhat stable since 2000. the national HIV prevalence levels in East Asia are very low.
However, due to the large populations of many East Asian nations, this low national HIV prevalence still means that large numbers of people are living with HIV.
In South and Southeast Asia, the HIV epidemic remains largely concentrated in injecting drug users, men who have sex with men, sex workers, and clients of sex workers and their immediate sexual partners. Despite the positive outlook, UNAIDS says the region’s actions to the AIDS virus remain underfunded. Image Credits: rnw.nl