World AIDS Day 2012: Getting to Zero

1 December 2012

Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero deaths from AIDS-related illness. Zero discrimination is the theme of World AIDS Day 2012. Given the spread of the epidemic today, getting to zero may sound difficult but significant progress is underway.

In 2011, 2.5 million people were newly infected with HIV. An estimated 1.7 million people died. That is 700,000 fewer new infections worldwide than ten years ago, and 600,000 fewer deaths than in 2005.

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World AIDS Day highlights

Message of the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Luis G. Sambo, on the occasion of World AIDS Day 2012

World AIDS Day 2012: Statement on HIV testing and counselling

Note for the media
World AIDS Day 2012: Closing in on global HIV targets

Feature story
Living with HIV when one partner is positive and the other is negative