아시아 정부들이 에이즈 확산 방지노력을 기울이지 않을 경우, 아시아-태평양지역에서 2020년까지 에이즈 감염자수가 800만명으로 늘어날 것이라고, 한 새로운 보고서가 밝혔습니다.

독립적인 ‘아시아에이즈위원회’가 마련한 이 보고서는 26일 유엔 반기문 사무총장에게 제출됐습니다. 9개국으로 구성된 이 위원회는, 인도의 만모한 싱 총리의 경제수석자문관인 C. 랑가라잔 씨가 이끌고 있습니다.

이 보고서는 현재 아시아지역에서 약 5백만명이 HIV에 감염돼 있으며, 해마다 약 44만명이 에이즈로 사망하고 있다고 밝혔습니다.

이 보고서는 또한 에이즈가 사망률이 높고, 또 아시아지역에서 주로 15세부터 44세까지의 노동일수를 빼앗아가고 있다고 지적했습니다.

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A new report warns that the number of HIV infections in the Asia-Pacific region could increase by eight million by 2020 if governments do not boost efforts to stop its spread.

The report of the independent Commission on AIDS in Asia was presented today (Wednesday) to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The nine-member commission was led by C. Rangarajan, chief economic adviser to the prime minister of India.

The report says nearly five-million people in Asia are infected with HIV, with about 440-thousand deaths each year.

The 18-month study also found that AIDS is the most likely cause of death and lost work days for people in Asia between the ages of 15 to 44.

The U.N. Secretary-General urged countries to follow the commission's recommendations to avoid massive increases in infections and death, prevent economic losses and save millions of people from poverty.

The report said epidemics center mainly around behaviors of unprotected paid sex, use of contaminated needles and syringes by drug users, and unprotected sex between men.

It says an annual investment of 30 cents per person on prevention programs can reverse epidemics.