Facing the facts (and figures) of HIV/AIDS

On World AIDS Day, communities from all over the globe stopped to recognize the 12,700 people who die each day from HIV/AIDS. But knowing the facts about HIV/AIDS is only half the battle. Here’s a fact sheet that illustrates both sides of the coin in cold, hard numbers: the current situation of the epidemic AND the progress of AIDS-fighting efforts like the Global Fund.

The current situation:
Here is a panoramic view of the epidemic from the UNAIDS Global Report 2009 data. To see the entire presentation, visit UNAIDS’ website.

- Each day there were 7,000 new infections; 97 percent of these occurred in low and middle income countries

- The numbers show that of the 6,000 daily new adult cases, 41 percent were between the ages of 15-24

- In 2009, 33.3 million people were living with HIV around the world. Of those, 30.8 million are adults, 15.9 million are women and 2.5 million are children under the age of 5

- 2.6 million people were newly infected with HIV; 2.2 million adults and 370,000 children

- 22.5 of the 33.3 million people living with HIV reside in sub-Saharan Africa

- 1.8 million people died from AIDS, more than a quarter of a million of those were children under the age of 15

The progress in the fight:
While these numbers prove there is much work to be done, campaigns like the Living Proof show us that together, we can achieve progress for the world’s poorest.

- The Global Fund saves 4,000 lives every day

- Nearly 4 million Africans are on life preserving treatment for AIDS today, up from 50,000 in 2003.

- The use of treatment for HIV-positive pregnant women has stopped an estimated 200,000 new HIV infections in children over the last 12 years, the vast majority since 2005.

- 22 sub-Saharan countries saw the rate of new infections fall by more than 25 percent between 2001 and 2009.

- In 2009, an estimated 53% of pregnant women living with HIV received ARV’s to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to their infants, up from 15 percent in 2005