10/06/2016 1:06 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST

AIDS Deaths Are Down 55%, New HIV Infections Down 66%

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Students make a formation in the shape of a heart and a red ribbon during a HIV/AIDS awareness campaign on Valentine's Day in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh February 14, 2012. REUTERS/Ajay Verma (INDIA - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCIETY HEALTH)

NEW DELHI -- Health Minister J.P. Nadda recently informed the United Nations that deaths caused by AIDS have declined by nearly 55% in India over the past eight years, and the new HIV infections came down by 66 percent since 2000.

At the high-level meeting on AIDS, Nadda said that India had recorded 1,48,309 deaths in 2007, The Times of India reported today, and that figure came down to 67,600 in 2015.

From 2000 and 2015, the new HIV infections dropped from 2.51 lakh to 86,000, TOIreported.

Globally, AIDS related death declined by 41 percent from 2005 to 2015, and new HIV infections dropped by 35 percent.

The United Nations proposes to eradicate the epidemic by 2030.

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