MONTEVIDEO – Around half of the roughly 12,000 HIV-positive people in Uruguay are receiving antiretroviral therapy, the Health Ministry said Friday.
The number of new cases detected fell from 982 in 2014 to 933 last year, representing an incidence of 27 infections per every 100,000 people, the ministry said on the occasion of National HIV/AIDS Day.
Sexual transmission accounts for 94 percent of HIV infections in Uruguay and 66 percent of those infected in 2015 were male.
Uruguay registered 175 deaths from AIDS in 2014.
The rate of new infections has declined in each of the last five years, Health Minister Jorge Basso said.
A majority of HIV-positive people, 55 percent, are between the ages of 25 and 44, while 28 percent are in the 45-64 age cohort.
The ministry said Artigas, Rivera and Salto provinces, near the Brazilian border, have the highest rate of new HIV infections.
In 2015, 2.1 million people worldwide contracted HIV, all but 10 percent of them falling into the broad categories of sex workers, intravenous drug users, prisoners, gay men and transsexuals.