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HIV in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa still has the world's highest number of HIV cases, accounting for 67% of global infections, a United Nations reports said.

"An estimated 1.9 million people were newly infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa in 2008, bringing to 22.4 million the number of people living with HIV," the UNAIDS agency said in a statement.

Women and girls remain the worst affected in the region, accounting for 60% of the overall HIV infections.

Africa's economic power house, South Africa, remains home to the world's largest population of people living with the virus, with 5.7 million cases recorded in 2007.

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