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UNAIDS Head Expresses Concern Over HIV Infections Among Couples In Africa

Speaking “on the sidelines of a media forum” in Abidjan on Thursday, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé expressed concern over the number of new HIV infections among people in stable relationships in Africa, as well as among young women in some parts of the continent, Xinhua reports. “What is really disturbing us right now is that we are seeing a kind of increase of new infections among stable couples particularly among married couples,” he said, according to the news agency. Despite a decline in the number of new HIV infections in most African countries over the past few years and reductions in HIV-related mortality, “Sidibé said there is still a huge gap on the continent,” the news agency writes. Sidibé called “for prevention to make sure that couples infected had access to early treatment to stop transmission,” according to Xinhua (7/12).