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Aids infections down by a third in South Africa: UN body

Published on Jan 18, 2014 6:45 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - New cases of HIV and Aids fell sharply in South Africa since 10 years ago, a testimony to successful treatment, according to a report by the United Nations Aids (Unaids) body released on Friday.

In 2004, around 540,000 South Africans contracted HIV, but the number dropped by a third to 370,000 in 2012, Unaids said.

"The general message is that it's good news," said the body's country coordinator Catherine Sozi.

Graphs showed plummeting numbers of people dying of the condition yearly from 330,000 to 240,000 in the same period.

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