world-aids-day 2015

Despite several precautions, AIDS or HIV has taken more than 36 million lives during (1981-2014). Shockingly, the number of adolescent deaths from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years. To remember those who lost their lives to  the disease and to raise awareness, WHO ( World Health Organization) has marked, December 1st as World’s Aids Day.

Here are some facts about AIDS in 2015 with data from the World Health Organisation, the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF, and UNAIDS:

1. Globally about 36.9 million people are living with HIV including 2.6 million children 

2. An estimated two million were infected in 2014 

3. An estimated 34 million people have died from HIV or AIDS, including 1.2 million in 2014 

4. The number of adolescent deaths from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years 

5. AIDS is the number one cause of death among adolescents in Africa and the second among adolescents globally 

6. In sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the highest prevalence, girls account for seven in 10 new infections among those aged 15-19 

7. At start of 2015, 15 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy compared to one million in 2001 

8. Despite widespread availability of HIV testing, only an estimated 51% of people with HIV know their status 

9. The global response to HIV has averted 30 million new HIV infections and nearly 8 million deaths since 2000 

10. In 2015, Cuba was the first country declared to have eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Also, see the infographic below created by DrFelix, a registered online doctor and pharmacy established in UK that documents the history of HIV and Aids.