The report shows that while important gains have been made in the region’s response, the pace of progress is too slow and significant challenges remain. According to the report, an estimated 4.9 million [3.7–6.3 million] people were living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific in 2012.
Regionally, numbers of new HIV infections have fallen by 26% since 2001, with a number of countries reducing infections by over 50% in that time. However, the overall number of new HIV infections across the region has remained largely unchanged in the past five years. The number of people accessing antiretroviral treatment in the region rose to 1.25 million people by the end of 2012. But the rate of increase in access to treatment has slowed in recent years.