Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Our HIV problem

The UNAIDS report said that data from South Africa showed young women and teenagers were catching HIV from adult men, many of whom catch it much later in life but then continue a cycle of infection [and] that men are much less likely to know their HIV status and to access treatment than women. 
 - UN: HIV rate in young African women disturbingly high (Aljazeera)

  • HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 35 million lives so far. In 2015, 1.1 (940 000–1.3 million) million people died from HIV-related causes globally.
  • There were approximately 36.7 (34.0–39.8) million people living with HIV at the end of 2015 with 2.1 (1.8–2.4) million people becoming newly infected with HIV in 2015 globally.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa is the most affected region, with 25.6 (23.1–28.5) million people living with HIV in 2015. Also sub-Saharan Africa accounts for two-thirds of the global total of new HIV infections. 
- HIV/AIDS Factsheet (WHO) for more information

AIDS no dey show for face.  Wear ya raincoat.

PS Why don't our people like to protect against HIV and STDs?   Why don't African men like condoms?  Have you ever taken an HIV test to know your status?  How popular is 100% abstinence as a prevention method? 

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