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'Dramatic drop' in HIV infections

There has been a 'dramatic drop' in global HIV infections, according to a United Nations (UN) report.

Around 1.3 million were newly infected with AIDS in 2012, a 33% drop since 2001. And AIDs related deaths have also dropped by 30% since the peak in 2005. 

And the drop was even sharper in children. In 2001 there were more than 500,000 new infections, but by 2012 the figure had halved. 

Increasing access to antiretroviral drugs could be behind the fall in deaths and infection rates. 

According to UNAIDS, the world is "closing in" on its goal to stop and reverse the epidemic by 2015.

World Health Organisation has now revised its guidelines making even more people eligible for treatment.

Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS said: “Not only can we meet the 2015 target of 15 million people on HIV treatment—we must also go beyond and have the vision and commitment to ensure no one is left behind.”