A new UN report says the Caribbean, which ranks second behind sub-Saharan Africa for HIV/AIDS infection rates, has led the world in reducing the number of new infections between the period 2005-2011.
The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) says an estimated 2.3 million adults and children were newly infected with HIV worldwide in 2012, representing a 33 per cent reduction in annual new cases compared to 2001.
In the same time period, new HIV infections among children fell 52 per cent to 260,000 in 2012.
It says the Caribbean has led the world in reducing the number of new infections with the rate falling by 42 per cent between 2005 and 2011.
UNAIDS notes that deaths from AIDS-related illnesses in the Caribbean fell by 48 per cent.
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