AIDS in Africa: That's what the numbers say
Around 36.7 million people worldwide are infected with HIV, including 2.1 million children. Around 25.5 million of the infected live in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2016, there were 730,000 AIDS-related deaths in the region. More than two-thirds of new HIV infections worldwide are in sub-Saharan Africa. This is the region most affected by the HIV / AIDS pandemic.
Improved healthcare has significantly reduced mortality in many countries, yet 11.7 million people still do not receive antiretroviral therapy - the drug treatment strategy for HIV patients.
AIDS in Africa: particularly hard-hit countries
Of the 25.5 million people infected in sub-Saharan Africa, 1.85 million are younger than 15 years old. The countries most affected by the HIV epidemic include the African countries of Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Kenya and Zimbabwe. However, most people living with HIV live in South Africa: With more than seven million AIDS patients, including around 320,000 children, the country has one of the highest HIV rates in the world, with a total population of around 56 million. Frightening results came from a study by the South African government in 2012: 28% of all schoolgirls are HIV-positive. Since the infection rate of their male counterparts is only 4%, the government assumes that the girls are infected with older men, the so-called "sugar daddies".
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