Women are increasingly affected, now making up nearly half of the 37.2 million adults (aged 15-49) living with HIV worldwide. In sub-Saharan Africa, the worst-affected region, close to 60% of adults living with HIV are women - or 13.3 million. These latest findings were published in AIDS Epidemic Update 2004, the annual report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
With the population being about 6.5 billion... that means ~ 0.615 % of the world population is affected... or just over 1 in 200 (~ 1.23) or about 6 in 1000... in the world, in some places rates are much higher than that.
"The trend is that more young women are being infected than young men," Thoraya Obeid, the head of the UN Population Fund. "If they are married, they can't abstain. They are faithful but the husband is not faithful."
Women, she said, need information, including how to use a female condom to protect themselves, often a sensitive issue, particularly among conservative United States religious groups who favour abstinence-only programmes and oppose programmes for prostitutes, homosexuals and drug addicts.
When are we going to smarten up? The less people we try to help with treatment, prevention and education, the bigger this problems is going to get.
Edited by sierraleone, 04 June 2005 - 09:43 AM.