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UNAIDS: More Than 25 Million Africans Live With AIDS In 2017

In the world, every 17 seconds, a person is infected with the AIDS virus!

On the occasion of World AIDS Day on Friday 1 st December 2017, focus on the evolution of the infection on the African continent.

According to a UNAIDS report, more than 25 million Africans are infected in 2017

 

West and Central Africa

In 2016, there were 6.1 million people living with HIV in West and Central Africa, of whom 56% are women.

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Nearly 370,000 new infections are detected, but they decreased by 9% between 2010 and 2016. Of note, 310,000 people died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2016, although the number of deaths decreased by 21%,

As in the East and South, 2.1 million people had access to antiretroviral treatment, accounting for 35% of all people living with HIV in the region.

There were 60,000 new HIV infections among children in West and Central Africa in 2016, a decrease with 33% fewer new infections.

East and South Africa

In 2016, there were 19.4 million people living with HIV in Eastern and Southern Africa and among them, women and girls make up more than half (59%).

But the infection still kills in these two regions of Africa, and UNAIDS announced that 420,000 people died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2016, despite a 42% decrease.

In the face of the virus, medical procedures are being used more and 11.7 million people have access to antiretroviral treatment, or 60% of all people living with HIV in the region, including 67% of adult women (15 years and over ) and 51% of adult men.

On the children’s side, 77,000 new infections were detected, although since 2010 there has been a 56% decrease in new HIV infections among children in the region.

About 1.8 million people were infected in 2016.

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