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UNAIDS/WHO launch 2006 AIDS epidemic update

21 October 2006

UNAIDS launched the new joint UNAIDS/WHO report, AIDS Epidemic Update 2006, featuring updated global and regional AIDS estimates and new trends in the epidemic’s evolution on 21 November 2006. Key findings of the report will be presented, including: - New evidence showing drop in HIV infection rates in several countries and among young people. - However, global AIDS epidemic continues to grow, with some evidence of resurging epidemics. - New data suggests where HIV prevention programmes have not been sustained and/or adapted as epidemics have changed—infection rates in some countries are staying the same or going back up. - HIV prevention and treatment programmes need to be sustained, adapted and focused to reach those most at risk.