World AIDS Day
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a set of symptoms and infections resulting from the damage to the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This condition progressively reduces the effectiveness of the immune system and leaves individuals susceptible to opportunistic infections and tumors. Learn more about AIDS
- Globally, there were an estimated 33 million [30 million–36 million] people living with HIV in 2007.
- The annual number of new HIV infections
declined from 3.0 million [2.6 million–
3.5 million] in 2001 to 2.7 million
[2.2 million–3.2 million] in 2007.
- Overall, 2.0 million [1.8 million–2.3 million] people died due to AIDS in 2007, compared with an estimated 1.7 million[1.5 million–2.3 million] in 2001.
- While the percentage of people living with
HIV has stabilized since 2000, the overall
number of people living with HIV has
steadily increased as new infections occur
each year, HIV treatments extend life, and as new infections still outnumber AIDS deaths.
disproportionate share of the global burden of HIV: 35% of HIV infections and 38% of AIDS deaths in 2007 occurred in that sub region. Altogether, sub-Saharan Africa is home to 67% of all people living with HIV.
with HIV worldwide, and nearly 60% of
HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa. Over
the last 10 years, the proportion of women
among people living with HIV has remained stable globally, but has increased in many regions.
an estimated 45% of new HIV infections
worldwide. An estimated 370 000 [330 000–410 000] children younger than 15 years became infected with HIV in 2007. Globally, the number of children younger than 15 years living with HIV increased from 1.6 million [1.4 million–2.1 million] in 2001 to 2.0 million [1.9 million–2.3 million] in 2007. Almost 90% live in sub-Saharan Africa. source:Status of the global HIV epidemic
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