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Reaching Workers Key to HIV/AIDS Prevention

Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day and the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center is spreading the word.

A new post on the center's website says, "Reaching workers on the job and educating them about HIV prevention is an essential element in slowing—and ultimately ending—HIV/AIDS."

Worldwide, the number of those newly infected continues to fall: Adults and children acquiring HIV infection in 2011 was 2.5 million, 20 percent lower than in 2001. The sharpest declines were in the Caribbean (42 percent) and sub-Saharan Africa (25 percent).

Yet there is much work to do: Globally, 34 million people were living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2011, and sub-Saharan Africa remains the most severely affected, with nearly one in every 20 adults accounting for 69 percent of the people living with HIV worldwide. In South Africa, the HIV infection rate is nearly 18 percent for people between ages 15 and 49.

Read the full post here.

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