HIV/AIDS Information

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In the 30 years since the first AIDS diagnosis, more than 25 million people have died and more than 60 million people have become infected with HIV worldwide.

  • Each day, more than 7,000 people are newly infected with HIV worldwide, including 1,000 children .

  • For every person starting treatment, two are newly infected.

  • Of the 33.3 million people living with HIV worldwide, 22.5 million (68%) are in sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 69% of new HIV infections and 72% of global AIDS deaths.

  • In Africa, AIDS has a woman’s face: 60% of all people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa are women. Adolescent girls and young women are particularly vulnerable: they are several times more likely to be living with HIV than males of the same age.

  • 37% of people who are eligible for treatment in sub-Saharan Africa are receiving it—which means that despite recent progress, nearly two in three people who need antiretroviral drugs still aren’t receiving them. Treatment coverage is significantly lower for children (only 28% of those who need pediatric treatment are receiving it).

  • Although HIV testing has increased throughout Africa in recent years, less than 40% of people living with HIV were aware that they were infected in 2009.

  • Of the 16.6 million children (age 0-17) who have lost one or both parents to AIDS, 14.8 million of them are in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • The prevalence of gender-based violence is as high as 50% in some countries, with one in four women in sub-Saharan Africa reporting that their first sexual experience was coerced.