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General Knowledge
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UNESCAP
Organization
UNESCAP
Published in
2004
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Social Development
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All Regions
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International

HIV/AIDS: FACTS AT A GLANCE

HIV/AIDS: FACTS AT A GLANCE
Globally:
? 40 million people were living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2003.
? Over 3 million lives were lost to AIDS in 2002, including those of an estimated
610,000 children.
? About 5 million people acquire HIV each year. Of these, 800,000 are children.
In Asia and the Pacific:
? 1 in every 5 new HIV infections worldwide occurs here.
? Over eight million people were living with the virus in the region at the end of 2002, of whom
2.6 million were young people aged 15 – 24.
? Over half a million people died of AIDS in the Asia-Pacific region in 2002.
? Fully one million acquired HIV in the same year.
What would happen if targeted prevention is not scaled up now?
? 68 million people in the 45 worst affected countries will die between 2000 and 2020 - --
earlier than they would have in the absence of AIDS
? In the Asia-Pacific region, the need for treatment and care would increase as the 18.5 million
new infections expected by 2010 enter more advanced stages of the disease.

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