AVAC Analysis Examines AIDS ‘Tipping Point’ In Hard-Hit Countries

Although “[a]bout a dozen countries hit hard by AIDS have reached a ‘tipping point’ that means they are winning their battles against the disease … the world as a whole — and Africa in particular — is still losing the fight,” according to a new analysis (.pdf) from AVAC, the New York Times reports. The analysis “compares the number of people in each country who are newly infected with HIV each year to the number of infected being put on treatment for the first time,” the newspaper notes. Rwanda, Botswana, South Africa, and Haiti, among other countries, are in the “winning” column, while Nigeria and India, two of the world’s most populous countries, “are doing so badly that they keep the world as a whole in the ‘losing’ column,” the newspaper writes. According to the New York Times, AVAC Executive Director Mitchell Warren said, “We wanted to find a mechanism that could chart the progress over time, and use it as a management tool, and to make comparisons between countries that are doing the right things and the others” (McNeil, 10/7).

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