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1.5 Million Died of AIDS in 2013: A Figure Much Lower

1.5 million died of AIDS in 2013: a figure much lowerAccording to the 2013 report on the AIDS epidemic recently published UNAIDS, the number of deaths due to AIDS for the first time dropped significantly.

However, the number of people living with HIV has increased slightly.

Very sharp decrease in the number of people who died of AIDS in 2013

The results of UNAIDS published in July 2014 indicates that 1.5 million people died of AIDS in 2013, against 1.7 million in 2012, a decrease of 11.8% in a year, the highest drop recorded since the peak of the epidemic in 2005.

In total, ten years, deaths from AIDS have declined by 35%.

Regarding people worldwide with HIV, their number increased slightly, rising to 35 million today, against 34.6 million the previous year. That said, since 2005, there has been a decrease of 33%.

New infections also fall

The number of people newly infected each year with HIV continues to fall: 2.1 million in 2013, against 2.2 million in 2012. But since 2001, new HIV infections have fallen by 38%.

Children born with the AIDS virus are also decreasing: 240,000 in 2013 against 270,000 in 2012, a decrease of 27.6% since 2005.

The most affected region is sub-Saharan Africa (South Africa and Nigeria in particular): 70.8% of those affected and still predominantly women (58%). In this part of the world totalling 1.1 million people died of AIDS, 24.7 million people living with HIV, including 2.9 million children.

To this day still, 22 million people have no access to treatment. 38% of adults have, against 24% of children.

Finally, $19.1 billion (14 billion euros) were made available in 2013, against 18.9 million in 2012 and $4.6 billion 10 years ago.

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