AIDS update: tracking the progress we've made

It is still the biggest public health challenge on the planet. Each day, over 6,800 people — many of them newborns — become infected with HIV, while at the same time about 5,700 die from AIDS.

But earlier this month, in a relatively unnoticed announcement, the several UN agencies that are charged with tracking the HIV/AIDS epidemic revised their most recent estimates for 2007 significantly downward, by roughly 16 per cent. (CBC)