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Paper: AIDS in US Babies Drops Dramatically

A U.S. newspaper says HIV/AIDS among infants in the United States may be nearly eliminated by next year.

The New York Times reports Sunday that the number of infants born in the United States with AIDS or HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has dropped to about 200 a year, from nearly 2,000 in 1990.

It said in New York City alone, the figure has dropped from 321 in 1990 to just five in 2003 because of success in fighting mother-to-child transmission. The paper said that was achieved through use of better drugs, public education and testing, and cooperation at federal and local levels.

But the report warned that much of the rest of the world continues to be ravaged by AIDS, including more than two million people in sub-Saharan Africa last year.