Every year on December 1st the world commemorates World AIDS Day. A Day to reflect on the challenges brought about by the epidemic and the ongoing work to fight the disease.
Let us remember;
- The millions that are still living with the disease
- The millions whose lives have changed because of the availability of Anti retro viral treatments worldwide
- The millions who have got a chance to see their children grow
- The millions who have seen their children born free from HIV
- The researchers, public health workers and health personnel, volunteers, Non- governmental organisations, and governments who are working tirelessly for an HIV free world.
- All of us for taking responsibility to stop HIV in its tracks
HIV can infect anyone no matter their race, gender, age, nationality, religion and beliefs.
The global statistics on HIV & AIDS according to UNAIDS 2020 are available on this link https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/fact-sheet and summarized in Table 1.
|26 million||Accessed ART as of end June, 2020|
|38 million||Living with HIV (2019)|
|1.7 million||Newly infected with HIV worldwide (2019); |
62% of new HIV infections globally
99% of new HIV infections in eastern Europe and central Asia
97% of new HIV infections in the Middle East and North Africa
96% of new HIV infections in western and central Europe and North America
98% of new HIV infections in Asia and the Pacific
77% of new HIV infections in Latin America
69% of new HIV infections in western and central Africa
60% of new HIV infections in the Caribbean
28% of new HIV infections in eastern and southern Africa
|690,000||died from AIDS related illnesses (2019)|
|75.7 million||have been infected since the beginning of the epidemic (2019)|
|32.7 million||Have died from AIDS related illnesses since the beginning of the epidemic (2019)|
Together We Can, let us join the fight against HIV & AIDS.