the quick facts


HIV/AIDS in Africa:
– 25.8 million people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa
– sub-Saharan Africa has only 10% of the world’s population, yet has over 60% of new infections
– 77% of new infections in women
– Out of the 15 million AIDS orphans in the world, 95% of them are living in Africa
– Only one in ten Africans who currently needs antiretroviral treatment for HIV is receiving it

Since its discovery 25 years ago in 1981 HIV/AIDS has:
– Claimed the lives of over 25 million people
– Roughly 40 million people infected and living with HIV/AIDS
– 14,000 new infections each day
– 5 million new infections each year (estimated)
– 64% of all people living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa
– There were 13 million AIDS orphans living in sub-Saharan (South & South East Asia are second worst affected with 15%)
– AIDS accounts for the deaths of 500,000 children in Africa
– Two-thirds of HIV/AIDS infections in Asia occur in India

According to the latest figures published in the UNAIDS/WHO 2006 AIDS Epidemic Update:
– 39.5 million people are living with HIV (estimated)
– 4.3 million new infections in 2006
– 2.8 million (65%) new infections occurring in sub-Saharan Africa
– Increases in Eastern Europe and Central Asia rates have risen by more than 50% since 2004
– In 2006, 2.9 million people died of AIDS-related illnesses.
– Of the 2.9 million deaths, 2.1 million of thiose occurred in sub-Saharan Africa

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