10 Facts About HIV in Africa

Because of the prevalence of HIV in Africa, false statements get bandied around. Here are ten factual statements about HIV in Africa.

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10 Facts About HIV in Africa


Countries in North Africa and the Horn of Africa have the lowest HIV prevalence in the world. This is attributed to strict adherence to the laws of the Islam religion by the citizens of these countries.


Governments and international bodies are increasing their campaigns and initiatives in an effort to stop the spread of HIV in Africa. The abstinence, be faithful, use a condom (ABC) strategy is one of the many initiatives governments are using.


In sub-Saharan Africa, it is not easy for individuals to access antiretroviral drugs. Drug companies put patents on medications so that other companies are not able to manufacture them. This limits the amount that is available and makes the drugs very expensive for people who are already living in poverty.


Girls are more likely to be infected with HIV than boys. Of all the persons living with HIV in between the ages of 15-24, 56% are women. Yes, there is a greater number of women infected with HIV in Africa.


The Kingdom of Swaziland has the highest number of adults infected with HIV/AID in the world. According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, an estimated 26% of the adult population has HIV. Due to the prevalence of HIV in Africa and Swaziland, the life expectancy rate is just 32 years, the lowest in the world. About 61% of the deaths in the country are as a result of HIV/AIDS.


Of the 25.6 million people infected with HIV in Africa, 19 million are from East and Southern Africa. This means that more than 50% of the people with HIV live in East and Southern Africa. The year 2015 saw 960,000 new infections, 46% of the total of new infections in the world.


Persons who live in sub-Sahara have an average life expectancy of 54.4 years. AVERT wrote that the high number of deaths each year cause children to become orphans. With the death of adults, families become impoverished. The economies of these countries also bear the brunt of the high number of AIDS related deaths.


Of the 1.7 million people who died from HIV in 2011, 1.2 million of the deaths recorded occurred in Africa


Of all the children living with HIV all over the globe, 91% live in Africa


In 2015, data collected showed that 25.6 million HIV infected people lived in Sub-Saharan Africa. These figures make Sub-Saharan Africa the most affected region in the world.

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