Report released by UNAIDS today said that: the global response to AIDS is showing results. As the world marks 30 years of AIDS, UNAIDS estimates about 34 million people are living with HIV and nearly 30 million people have died of AIDS-related causes since the first case of AIDS was reported on June 5, 1981.
Some of the facts:
Global rate of new HIV infections declined by nearly 25 per cent between 2001 and 2009.
The total number of HIV infections remains high, at about 7000 per day.
26 per cent of all new global HIV infections are among young women aged 15-24.
The rate of new HIV infections fell by more than 50 per cent in India between 2001 and 2009, double of the average decline in the world.
In South Africa it fell by more than 35 per cent.
People were starting to adopt safer sexual behaviors, reflecting the impact of HIV prevention and awareness efforts.
74 per cent of young men know that condoms are effective in preventing HIV infection, compared to just 49 per cent of young women.
In recent years, there has been significant progress in preventing new HIV infections among children as increasing numbers of pregnant women living with HIV have gained access to antiretroviral prophylaxis during pregnancy, delivery and breastfeeding.
The number of children newly infected with HIV in 2009 was 26 per cent lower than in 2001.
There has been an increase in rate of new HIV infections in Eastern Europe and in the Middle East and North Africa.