Global HIV rates in decline
Stella Manyando is a 55-year-old widow who looks after four of her grandchildren. One of her grandchildren is living with HIV, and she lost her daughter to AIDS. Photo by Annie Mpalume.
The UNAIDS reports that HIV infections fell by a third since 2001, attributing the decline to increasingly affordable and available antiretroviral drugs. The decline is especially steep for children, with a 52 percent reduction in new HIV infections. In 2001, there were more than half a million new infections in children worldwide. In 2012, it was halved to just over a quarter million.