11 Facts about HIV in Africa
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  1. Out of the 34 million HIV-positive people worldwide, 69% live in sub-Saharan Africa. There are roughly 23.8 million infected persons in all of Africa.^[The United Nations. "Word AIDS Day 2012." UN AIDS. Accessed on April 15, 2015. .,]
  2. 91% of the world’s HIV-positive children live in Africa.^[World Health Organization. "Treatment of children living with HIV." WHO. Accessed April 15,2014. .]
  3. More than one million adults and children die every year from HIV/AIDS in Africa alone. In 2011, 1.7 million people worldwide died from AIDS.^[The United Nations. "Word AIDS Day 2012." UN AIDS. Accessed April 15, 2014. .]
  4. Since the epidemic of HIV/AIDS, more than 75 million people have contracted the illness, and over 36 million have died from an HIV-related cause.^[World Health Organization. "HIV/AIDS." WHO. Accessed April 15, 2015. .]
  5. 71% of the HIV/AIDS-related deaths in 2011 were people living in Africa.^["The Global AIDS Pandemic: Key Facts." Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Accessed April 15, 2014. http://www.pedaids.org/page/-/uploads/resources/GlobalStats_5.pdf>.]
  6. Antiretroviral drug treatments can tremendously decrease the number of HIV-related deaths by delaying the progression of the virus and allowing people to live relatively healthy, normal lives.^[World Health Organization. "Use of antiretrovirals for treatment and prevention of HIV infection." WHO. Accessed April 15, 2014. http://www.who.int/hiv/topics/treatment/en/>.]
  7. Due to an insufficient supply of antiretroviral drugs and health care providers in 2010, only 5 of the 10 million HIV-positive patients in Africa were able to receive treatment.^[Liberty Health. "‘Getting to zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths." Liberty Health Blue. Accessed April 15, 2014. http://www.libertyhealthblue.com/documents/AfricaWAD2013.pdf>.]
  8. Because of HIV/AIDs, the average life-expectancy in sub-Saharan Africa is 54.4 years of age. In some countries in Africa, it’s below 49.^[AVERT. "HIV and AIDS in Africa." HIV and AIDS information and resources. Accessed April 15, 2014.]
  9. The HIV/AIDS epidemic has drastically slowed the economic growth and social development in Africa, because hundreds of thousands of people are unable to work or receive an education.^[Bell, Clive, Shantayanan Devarajan, and Hans Gersbach. "The Long-run Economic Costs of AIDS: Theory and an Application to South Africa." World Bank. Accessed April 14, 2014. .]
  10. Contraceptive use of condoms has doubled in recent years because it is an inexpensive provision to offer to both the HIV-positive and negative. However, the method is void when couples are hoping to conceive or have already engaged with infected persons.^[The United Nations. "Promoting Rational Use of Drugs and Correct Case Management in Basic Health Services." UNICEF. Accessed April 15, 2015. .]
  11. A pregnant woman not treated with the proper drugs, has a 20-45% chance that her infant will contract the virus from pregnancy. 59% of HIV-positive people in Africa are women, the majority of children diagnosed with HIV get the virus from their mothers.^[New City Magazine. "The Challenge of AIDS." New City Magazine. Accessed April 14, 2014. .]

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