By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Chinese National Health Commission reported last week the first year-on-year decline of HIV/AIDS cases in a decade.

An artist’s rendition of HIV (foreground). The knobs (purple) covering the virus are sugar-protein molecules, including gp120, that shield the rest of the virus (pink).
Image/National Cancer Institute

Officials reported about 62,170 HIV/AIDS infections last year, down by more than 9,000 from 2019 (71,204 cases in 2019 and 62,167 in 2020). But HIV/AIDS remained the deadliest infectious disease, with more than 18,800 people dying of AIDS-related illnesses last year, according to an annual health development National Health Commission communique.

HIV/AIDS infections wasn’t the only big decline year over year. The number of viral hepatitis cases dropped by 11.5 percent year-on-year, with tuberculosis cases down by about 13.6 percent.

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Reported cases of other diseases transmitted mainly through respiratory droplets, such as flu, measles, mumps, scarlet fever and hand-foot-mouth disease, also declined markedly.