HIV and AIDS Facts

HIV and AIDS Facts

The facts about HIV and AIDS reveal a devastating reality that is especially hard on children living in poverty. For instance, around the world nearly 2 million children under the age of 15 are living with HIV. This is just one of the many heartbreaking HIV and AIDS facts that give a glimpse of the destruction that the disease causes.

The facts about HIV and AIDS aren’t limited to children with the disease. Even when children themselves don’t have HIV, many are still affected by it. This is especially true for children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Approximately 12 million children there under age 18 have lost one or both parents to AIDS.

While the HIV and AIDS facts are overwhelming, Compassion is working hard to change reality for those affected by HIV and AIDS. Compassion’s HIV and AIDS Initiative is taking the disease head on through education, treatment and rehabilitation.

When you sponsor an AIDS-affected child through Compassion, you provide hope – not just the hope of escaping poverty but the hope that HIV does not have to mean death. Compassion’s program aims to stop the destruction evident in the HIV and AIDS facts, one child at a time.

HIV Facts Get the facts about HIV and AIDS and how it affects children and their families.
  • Roughly 17.1 million children under the age of 18 have lost one or both parents to AIDS.
  • Every 14 seconds, another parent dies of AIDS, leaving behind an orphaned child.
  • HIV is one of the world's leading infectious killers, claiming more than 25 million lives over the past three decades.
  • An estimated 34.0 million people were living with HIV as of 2010; 3.4 million of them were children under 15 years.
  • Every day, over 7,000 persons became infected with HIV and about 5,000 persons died from AIDS, mostly because of inadequate access to HIV prevention care and treatment services.
  • Of the estimated 1.8 million people who died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2010, 250,000 of them were children under 15 years old.
  • In 2010, around 390,000 children were infected with HIV, bringing to 3.4 million the total number of children under 15 living with HIV. More than 90 percent of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • In 2010, sub-Saharan Africa accounted for approximately 68 percent of people living with HIV worldwide and 70 percent of the new infections among adults and children. The region also accounted for 67 percent of the world’s AIDS-related deaths in 2010.
  • 2.5 million people were newly infected with HIV in 2011, down from 3.2 million in 2001.
  • Every day, nearly 1,200 children worldwide become infected with HIV – the vast majority of them newborns infected through mother-to-child transmission.
  • In 2011, more than 8 million people living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy in low- and middle-income countries, but another 7 million people need to be enrolled in treatment to meet the Millenium Development Goal of providing ART to 15 million people by 2015.

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