New HIV Infections Drop by 20% in Asia-Pacific, U.N. Report Says

New HIV infections in Asian and Pacific countries fell by 20 percent between 2001 and 2009, and the number of people receiving anti-AIDS drugs tripled since 2006, the United Nations said in a report today.

Still, more than 60 percent of those who needed treatment in the region weren’t getting it at the end of 2009, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS, said in the report. About $1.1 billion was spent on fighting AIDS across the region in that year, about a third of the amount required to provide treatment for all those who need it, according to the report.

About 4.9 million people in the region had HIV in 2009, and that number has been relatively stable since 2005, the Geneva- based agency said.

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