AIDS orphans: 16.5 million children worldwide have lost their mother, father or both parents due to HIV / AIDS.
- Around 13.7 million AIDS orphans live in sub-Saharan Africa alone. But AIDS is also taking over more and more children from parents in Asia and Eastern Europe.
- An estimated 2.1 million children are HIV-infected, with around 1.85 million living in sub-Saharan Africa.
- In 2016, around 137,000 girls and boys (under the age of 15) were infected with the deadly HIV virus. Thus, the number of new infections compared to previous years has continued to fall - a development that makes hope.
- Most children become infected with HIV through mother-to-child transmission , ie during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. The risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV / AIDS can be drastically reduced by medication and by abstinence or restriction of breastfeeding. Significant progress has recently been made in the treatment of expectant mothers: in 2016, more than two-thirds of HIV-positive pregnant women worldwide received antiretroviral prophylaxis or medication. In the period from 2014 to 2016 , 790,000 girls and boys were prevented from becoming infected.
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