December 1: The global campaign to end AIDS has made great progress, but the epidemic remains one of the world’s largest public health challenges, affecting 37 million people.
World AIDS Day 2018: A global campaign to eliminate AIDS has made great progress, but the epidemic remains a major public health challenge for the world, affecting 37 million people. Activists say that one of the biggest challenges in AIDS fight encourages people to take tests and receive information about treatment and prevention services.
The theme of the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, which demonstrates the support of people living with HIV and the memory of the dead, is “Knowing their status”.
Below are 10 facts about HIV / AIDS.
– About 35 million people died of AIDS or HIV infection since 1981, including 940,000 in 2017.
– Increasing awareness and access to antiretroviral drugs has reduced the number of AIDS deaths since 2004 to more than half.
– Approximately 77 million people were infected with HIV since the 1981 epidemic, including 1.8 million in 2017.
– Every week, around 7,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 24 are infected with HIV.
In sub-Saharan Africa, young women are more likely to be infected with HIV than men.
– South Africa has one of the highest HIV rates worldwide, with one in five people infected.
– One in four, nearly 9 million people, do not know they are HIV positive.
– The United Joint Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) maintains that nine out of ten people will be identified by 2020.
– Approximately 22 million people have access to antiretroviral medicines in 2017, compared with 8 million in 2010.
– 8 out of 10 pregnant women who had HIV infection were treated in 2017, compared to less than half in 2010.