You might need to sit down for this0 Posted: February 10th, 2009
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FACTBOX: Africa the worst hit by AIDS, by far
Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:54am EST
Following are some key details about AIDS in Africa, the region most affected by the pandemic:
* SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA:
—Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region most heavily affected by HIV, accounting for more than two thirds of all people living with HIV globally.
—Of the global total of 2.1 million adult and child deaths due to AIDS in 2007, 1.6 million occurred in sub-Saharan Africa.
—An estimated 1.7 million people were newly infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa in 2007, declining from 2.2 million new infections in 2001. There are currently an estimated 22.5 million people living with HIV in the region.
* SOUTH AFRICA:
—South Africa, with some 5.7 million people infected with HIV, represents the world’s largest AIDS epidemic.
—HIV prevalence in adults aged 15 to 49 is 18 percent.
—An estimated 500,000 people are infected each year and around 1,000 die every day from AIDS-related illnesses.
—Reflecting similar trends from other countries in the region, young women in South Africa face greater risks of becoming infected than men: among 15 to 24-year-olds, they account for around 90 percent of new HIV infections.
* IN THE REGION:
—National adult HIV prevalence exceeded 15 percent in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe in 2005.
(Writing by David Cutler, Additional writing by Jijo Jacob; London Editorial Reference Unit;)