AIDS - It's not over yet...

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The 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic released by UNAIDS notes that the number of people living with HIV around the world has stabilised at around 33 million.

"This is not the time for complacency," warned Elizabeth Mataka, the UN special envoy on AIDS, at the launch of the report in Johannesburg.

Heterosexual intercourse is still driving the epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, which shouldered two-thirds of the global AIDS burden and three-quarters of all AIDS-related deaths in 2007. In other parts of the world HIV is mainly affecting people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, and sex workers.

Nine countries in southern Africa are bearing the brunt of the AIDS crisis, accounting for one-third of global infections. The epidemics in Malawi, Zambia and South Africa appear to have stabilised, and in Botswana and Zimbabwe they have started to decline, but Mozambique's epidemic is growing.
Source: Reuters