Last year, Brazil recorded the first reduction in the number of notified HIV cases in a decade, according to data from the Ministry of Health. Currently, 920,000 people infected with the virus live in the country.
The data were released by the Ministry of Health this Tuesday morning (1) at an event that also marked the launch of the HIV / AIDS prevention campaign.
The number of cases reported per year of HIV has been growing annually since 2009. Last year, 41,919 new cases of virus infection were reported, against 45,078 in the previous period, which means a 7% reduction.
"We found that the peak, perhaps the highest number of HIV reported in Brazil, was in the years 2017 and 2018, and we had a small reduction in the year 2019", said the Ministry of Health Surveillance secretary, Arnaldo Medeiros.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon