Today’s HIV Focus And Concern
June 14th, 2019 by INMED
In 2017 (the latest data available)…
- 36.9 million people globally were living with HIV
- 1.8 million were children (<15 years)
- 75 percent of HIV-positive people knew their HIV status
- 21.7 million people were accessing ART
- 1.8 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2017
- 940,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses
- TB remains the leading cause of death among HIV-positive people
Worldwide, the incidence of new HIV infection has declined 18 percent since 2010. But the HIV epidemic continues to be a serious threat. Incidence is increasing in North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. And in sub-Saharan Africa, women and adolescent girls are especially vulnerable. 1,000 become infected every day.
Even more concerning is that in the face of growing complacency, social stigma, decreased government interest, and reduced funding for research and treatment, experts are warning of a resurgence of AIDS. The virus still a public health danger, especially in hard to reach communities and among people who are at greatest risk.