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UNAIDS Director Urges Strong Leadership To Fight Growing HIV/AIDS Prevalence in Asia
UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot on Monday in Tokyo called on Asian countries to provide strong leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS, which is spreading at "an alarming pace" in the region, AFP/Yahoo! News reports. Seven million HIV-positive people currently live in Asia, and more than one million people in the region contracted the virus last year. Recent projections show that an additional 10 million Asians will be HIV-positive by 2010 unless "swift and decisive action is taken," Piot said. He praised Japan's leadership and cooperation in fighting the disease, cited China's new plans to provide HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services and noted that Thailand and Cambodia have fewer new HIV cases because of their responses to the epidemic, according to AFP/Yahoo! News. However, Piot said that the epidemic continues to expand "exponentially" in the region because of large increases in the number of new HIV cases in China, Vietnam and Indonesia. "Africa has been the hardest hit to date, but Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America continue to see rapid growth in infections," Piot said (AFP/Yahoo! News, 10/4).
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