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UN: HIV among young people going down in Africa

LONDON (AP) - A new report by a U.N. agency says the number of young people infected with HIV in Africa is falling in 16 of the 25 countries hardest hit by the virus.

U.N. AIDS says the number of young people infected with HIV dropped by at least 25 percent in a dozen countries. In Kenya, the infection rate among people aged 15 to 24 fell from about 14 percent in 2000 to 5.4 percent in urban areas.

UNAIDS said Tuesday the drop in HIV rates coincided with a change in sexual behavior, like having fewer sexual partners or increased condom used. But the agency could not say the drop was because of recent U.N. policies, which have mainly focused on buying AIDS drugs rather than preventing infections.


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