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A benign circle: how a combination of factors has reduced HIV infections in one of the hardest-hit parts of Africa
Gus Cairns, 2017-02-14 21:40:00

HIV incidence has started to tumble in one of the best-studied groups of people in Africa, the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) heard in Seattle today. The annual infection rate has fallen 40% in the last four years, the conference was told. A combination of factors, including wider availability of antiretroviral therapy, increased male circumcision, and later age of sexual debut in young people, all appear to be contributing to this decline.

Presenter Mary Grabowski confirmed that this is the first time a population-level decline in incidence in the Rakai cohort has been observed.