BBC Health that there were 330,000 new infections in children last year - the figure is 24% lower than in 2009. Significant input is still required to meet targets for 2015." />

Drop in HIV infection in children world wide noted

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Many more people with HIV now receive life-saving drugs which keep the virus under control. But the report estimates seven million people who need treatment still do not have it.
 
The executive director of UNAids, Michel Sidibe, told BBC News: "Ethiopia, Malawi and Botswana have achieved big reductions in new infections, showing they are capable of controlling the epidemic. "Twenty-five countries have reduced the number of new infections by more than 50%"."But some countries aren't using the right strategies - Russia, for example, where infections are still growing."
 
Dr Manica Balasegaram, Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders Access Campaign, said: "Scaling up HIV treatment to 15 million people from 8 million today is feasible and has the crucial triple benefit of reducing illness, reducing death, and reducing the risk of transmission."
 
It is good news that the HIV rate in children has dropped. However, much needs to be done to continue the downward trend in these figures.
 
Patricia Wakeford
Associate
Clinical Negligence team

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