HIV & AIDS: Facts

HIV & AIDS: Facts

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  • 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. 
  • In 2012, 2.3 million people became new-infected with HIV.
  • That same year, 1.6 million people worldwide died from AIDS-related causes.
  • The good news is that new HIV infections have fallen by 33 percent since 2001.
  • And new infections among children have declined 52 percent during the same period.
  • But more than 700 children become newly-infected with HIV each day.
  • That's because, in 2012, only 62 percent of the estimated 1.5 million HIV-positive pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries received effective drugs to aviod transmission to their children.
  • Today, an estimated 3.34 million children are living with HIV, with 2.1 million of them ages 10-19.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa is the most-affected region, with nearly one in every 20 adults living with HIV.
  • Sixty-nine percent of all people living with HIV are living in this region of the world.

All cited statistics are from the World Health Organization and UNAIDS and were pulled in 2013.

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