UNAIDS, the multi-agency UN coordinating body for AIDS prevention and control, has produced its increasingly horrifying review of the world AIDS situation, just ahead of next month's world AIDS conference in South Africa. We present here an edited version of five of the organization's "fact-sheets" relating to the most affected regions and countries, including - here and there - some hints of success:
The HIV epidemic in Latin America is highly diverse. Several Caribbean island states have worse epidemics than any country outside of sub-Saharan Africa.
In Central American countries and countries on the Caribbean coast, HIV is spreading mainly through sex between men and women.
Brazil too is experiencing a major heterosexual epidemic, but there are also very high rates of infection among injecting drug users and men who have sex with men. In Mexico, Argentina and Colombia, HIV infection is also confined largely to these sub-populations....