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UN Reports HIV/AIDS on Rise in Latin America

The United Nations says unsafe sex and intravenous drug use have led to an increase in HIV/AIDS cases in Latin America this year.

The agency released its annual AIDS report Monday, saying the region had 200,000 new infections this year.

The report says the South American countries of Argentina, Brazil and Colombia have the biggest epidemics in the region, primarily due to their large populations.

But the highest prevalence of HIV was found in the smaller Central American countries of Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, with about one percent of adults infected.

In the Caribbean, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 24,000 lives in 2005, making it the leading cause of deaths among adults aged 15 to 44 years old.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.