1 June 2004
Every two years, on the occasion of the International Conference on AIDS, this Global Report sets out our current knowledge on the state of the epidemic based on the experiences of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), which comprises nine United Nations system agencies. Rates of infection are still on the rise in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Indeed, in 2003 alone, an estimated 3 million people in the region became newly infected. Most alarmingly, new epidemics appear to be advancing notably in Eastern Europe and Asia. The large, populous countries of China, India and Indonesia are of particular concern. AIDS is the most globalized epidemic in history, and we are witnessing its growing â€˜feminization\'. Every year brings an increase in the number of women infected with HIV. However, as our report indicates, we know what worksâ€”successful approaches are evolving locally, nationally and globally.
Geographical coverage: Global