11 Facts About HIV Around the World You Must Know

  1. “HIV” (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that infects the immune system, decreasing its ability to fight off other infections and diseases.
  2. HIV can be transmitted through unprotected sex, transmission of infected blood, sharing infected needles or other sharp instruments, and from a mother to her baby during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.
  3. More than 35 million people live with HIV worldwide.
  4. Over 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV, but almost 1 in 6 don’t know it. Do yourself and loved ones a favor: get tested and encourage others to do the same using Instagram. Sign up for Update Your Status.
  5. About 30 million people have died from HIV/AIDS-related causes since its discovery in 1981. Roughly 1.7 million died of HIV/AIDS in 2011 alone.


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  1. At the end of 2011, there were 3.3 million children living with HIV around the world.
  2. 70% of all people living with HIV (24.7 million) live in sub-Saharan Africa, including 91% of the world’s HIV-positive children.
  3. Gay and bisexual men of all races are the most radically affected by HIV in the US.
  4. Most people living with or at risk of contracting HIV do not have access to prevention, care, or treatment. As of 2014, there is no cure for the virus.
  5. In 2007, approximately 74% of HIV/AIDS diagnoses were in males and 26% in females.
  6. Every 9.5 minutes someone is diagnosed with HIV the the US.

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