Condoms 'helping reduce number of HIV cases'

The adoption of safer sex methods such as condoms has helped to reduce the number of HIV cases.

This is according to a study by UNAIDS called AIDS at 30: Nations at the crossroads, which found that the rate of new infections dropped by almost 25 per cent between 2001 and 2009.

It added that demographic health surveys have revealed some 74 per cent of men and 49 per cent of women are aware of the fact that condoms are effective when it comes to protection.

This statistic shows that males are receiving better education around the issue than their female counterparts.

"Access to treatment will transform the Aids response in the next decade. We must invest in accelerating access and finding new treatment options," said UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe.

The vision of the organisation is to see zero HIV infection rates and no Aids-related deaths in the future.