Tuesday, 20 November 2007

AIDS pandemic slowing down globally?

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It sounds significant to hear that AIDS cases globally fell from 40 million cases in 2006 to 33.2 million this year. But, hold your thoughts for a second.

The reason given for such a decline was a measurement change as opposed to some slowdown of the AIDS pandemic that in in progress worldwide. As in many disease statistics, the change (decline) is on paper only at this point.

But, Dr. Kevin De Cock said that "For the first time, we are seeing a decline in global AIDS deaths" -- so there is a decline afoot if you trust that statement. Even so, the decline from 2006 to 2007 is said to be largely due to revised numbers from India as well as new methodologies for measurement from several countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

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