Brazil says it has AIDS under control

Brazil said Monday its AIDS epidemic was under control, with a 0.61 percent cut in new cases between 2009 and 2010, although a rise among young homosexuals was a cause for concern.

"The remains stable," the said in its latest epidemiological report.

The statistics in Latin America's biggest country showed that the number of new cases fell 0.61 percent between 2009 and 2010 from 35,979 to 34,212.

"We are seeing a downward trend in the number of cases over the years. People are living longer and better with the disease," Health Minister Alexandre Padilha told a press conference.

The number of cases since records began in 1980 totaled 608,230 until last June.

The number of deaths from the disease also fell, from 12,097 in 2009 to 11,965 in 2010.

Brazil, with a population of more than 191 million, produces 10 of the 20 and also distributes them to African and Latin American countries.

It also distributes, free of charge, 500,000 condoms every year.

But said they were concerned by an increase in AIDS cases among young homosexuals aged 15 to 24.

The percentage of men having sex with men infected with the disease in that age group rose from 25.2 percent of the total in 1990 to 46.4 percent in 2010, the ministry said.

"Last year, for every 16 homosexuals in this age group there were 10 . In 1998, it was 12 for 10," it added.

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Report says 3 percent in DC have HIV or AIDS

Mar 16, 2009

(AP) -- A new report by D.C. health officials says that at least 3 percent of residents in the nation's capital are living with HIV or AIDS and every mode of transmission is on the rise.

Longevity of AIDS patients presents new risks: US

Jun 02, 2011

Thirty years after the AIDS epidemic first surfaced, more people than ever before in the United States -- more than 1.1 million -- are living with HIV, the Centers for Disease Control said Thursday.

New AIDS cases fall by one fifth in a decade: UN

Nov 23, 2010

The number of new cases of HIV/AIDS has dropped by about one-fifth over the past decade but millions of people are still missing out on major progress in prevention and treatment, the UN said Tuesday.

7,000 people a day still catching AIDS: UN

Jun 03, 2011

About 7,000 people are being infected with AIDS each day and about half of the 33 million people with HIV do not know they have it, according to a UN report released to mark the disease's 30th anniversary.

Recommended for you

HIV lessons from the Mississippi Baby

22 hours ago

(Medical Xpress)—The news in July that HIV had returned in a Mississippi toddler after a two-year treatment-free remission dashed the hopes of clinicians, HIV researchers and the public at large tantalized ...

User comments