Press conference: Tuesday, 23 November 2004

UNAIDS to release new Global AIDS Epidemic Update report for World AIDS Day

Global Number of People Living with HIV Reaches Highest Level Ever


NUMBER OF WOMEN LIVING WITH HIV INCREASES IN EACH REGION OF THE WORLD (Press release on the report, 23 November 2004)

UNAIDS will present data from the new UNAIDS/WHO report, AIDS epidemic Update 2004, highlighting the global and regional estimates on AIDS and new trends in the epidemic’s evolution. There will be a special focus on women, girls, HIV and AIDS — the theme of the World AIDS Campaign 2004 (including World AIDS Day – 1 December). 
 
Key findings of the new report will be discussed including:
•    Prevention programmes urgently needed for women and girls to slow spread of AIDS
•    The number of women living with HIV has risen in every region over past two years
•    Diverse epidemics are underway in various regions, some still in early stages
•    Epidemics growing rapidly in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and East Asia—mainly driven by injection drug use and unsafe sex 

Location: European Commission, Berlaymont building, main press room; accredited journalists only.
 
Time: 08:45 LOCAL TIME
 
Speakers: Hosted by Commissioner Louis Michel,
                   
With Peter Piot, Executive Director, UNAIDS
 
Embargo: Information from the AIDS Epidemic Update 2004 is embargoed until
23 November at 12.00 GMT / 13:00 Brussels local time.
 
Contacts:
 
Brussels liaison: Jo-Anne Velin, 0486-680-278

UNAIDS Press Office: Dominique de Santis,
tel: +41 22 791 45 09 /  mobile: +41 79 254 68 03
or Sophie Barton-Knott, tel: +41 22 791 16 97

Jean-Luc Onckelinx
Information Officer for the BENELUX and the EU
Regional United Nations Information Centre
Cellular phone: 32.476/215.485
 



 UNAIDS is the leading advocate for worldwide action against AIDS, bringing together ten United Nations organizations. It leads, strengthens and supports an expanded response to the epidemic that will prevent the spread of HIV, provide care and support for those infected and affected by the disease, reduce the vulnerability of individuals and communities to AIDS, and alleviate the impact of the epidemic.


www.unaids.org
 


 
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