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Zimbabwe: HIV Infection

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of reliability of the evidence for the positive trends in the fight against HIV in unstable countries reported by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS, with particular reference to Zimbabwe. (213239)

The evidence for the positive trends in the fight against HIV is based on the 2007 UNAIDS Epidemiology Update. These epidemiological estimates are based on methods and parameters that are reviewed and endorsed by an expert Reference Group based on work by country analysts.

UNAIDS indicates that the downward trend observed in Zimbabwe's HIV prevalence rate is supported by several studies. The UNAIDS assessment of the HIV prevalence rate in Zimbabwe is likely to be the best assessment possible under current conditions.