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28 March 2014
Global HIV Statistics

2012 global HIV statistics

The World Health Organisation and UNAIDS have released the following statistics on HIV globally.

  • 35.3 million people are living with HIV
  • 32.1 millions are adults
  • 17.7 million are women (55% of adults)
  • 3.3 million are children younger than 15
     
  • 25 million live in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • 3.9 million live in South & South-East Asia
  • 1.5 million live in Latin America
  • 1.3 million live in North America
     
  • 2.3 million were newly infected in 2012; 260,000 of these were children
  • That’s 6,300 new HIV infections each day
  • 47% of new infections are among women; 39% are among 15-24 year olds
  • 95% of new infections are in low- and middle-income countries
     
  • 1.6 million people died from AIDS in 2012; 210,000 were children

People are far more likely to die from HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Middle East & North Africa, South & South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa (4.8-7%) than they are in Western Europe, North America and Oceania (0.9%-2.3%).

In Nigeria HIV infection rates varies by state from 1% of the population in Kebbi to 12.7% in Benue. Seventeen states (almost half) have more than 5% of their populations living with HIV according to the Federal Ministry of Health.

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