HIV & AIDS: Facts

  • 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. 


Peer Education in Papua New Guinea

In Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, young adults are experiencing an HIV and AIDS epidemic that is placing their generation in even more danger after years of conflict.


We’re Working to End the Global AIDS Epidemic

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.


Fill Hearts, Minds and Bellies

In developed countries like the United States your earning potential is often based on the number of diplomas you have. But in rural Malawi, completing even a primary education is one of the most precious things anyone can achieve.


How much do you know about the global AIDS pandemic?

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


Parvathi Shows the Way

Sunkari Parvathi lives in Swarna Bharathi Nagar, a large slum on the outskirts of Guntur town in India. She became a widow in 2002 when her husband died due to AIDS.


Besinati's Story: “When I see these changes, it’s all worthwhile”

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.