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Caribbean Records Important Declines

In 2014, the Caribbean recorded a decline in the number of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths. 

According to the latest available figures from UNAIDS, there are an estimated 13,000 new infections in the region, a decline of 50% between 2000 and 2014. The total number of People Living With HIV (PLHIV) was 280,000 in 2014. 

In the region, AIDS-related deaths also fell by more than half between 2000 and 2014. In 2014, there were 8,800 deaths due to AIDS-related causes, with Haiti accounting for about half of these. 

Around the world:  15.8 million people are accessing antiretroviral therapy; but this is not even half the number of PLHIV: 41% of adults and 32% of children. In 2014, 2 million new HIV infections were reported, a decrease of 35% since 2000. Of these, new adult cases have been declining more slowly, from 2 million to 1.8 million in 2014. 

 UNAIDS reports that there is evidence that: 

  • programmes are reducing stigma and discrimination; 
  • broad treatment coverage is being achieved; 
  • prevention services ( in addition to treatment ) are being scaled up; and 
  • programmes tailored for key populations are having impact.

 The annual UNAIDS report is rich with data, includes detailed mapping of many countries, and examples of successful programmes. To access the full report, published to mark World AIDS Day 2015: http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/documents/2015/.


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CMLF News Issue #7
27th January 2016