- Since HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was discovered in 1981, it has infected more than 75 million people and claimed more than 36 million lives.
- There were 35.3 million people in the world living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in 2012.
HIV & AIDS
Since HIV – the disease that causes AIDS – was identified in 1981, more than 60 million people have been infected – and 25 million have died AIDS-related deaths, mostly in low- and middle-income countries.
Test Your Knowledge! Write down the answers and check them at the bottom of the page.
1. Which country has the largest population (5.6 million) of people living with HIV?
A. South Africa
The AIDS pandemic has devastating and debilitating long-term implications, and these effects are most apparent in Africa, where the disease is strangling the continent.