22 January 2020

AIDS continues to be a public health issue in Africa

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In Africa, around one in every 25 adults infected with HIV/AIDS, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). reports citing AA that many African countries are struggling against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, which results in contraction of the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

The disease, which damages human immune system, has left an estimated 74.9 million affected worldwide, according to figures collected by the Avert website, a U.K.-based charity providing information about HIV and sexual health. Currently, an estimated 37.9 million people across the world are living with the HIV that includes 1.7 million children.

According to UNAIDS, 1.6 million people were living with HIV in Kenya. While 89% of them knew their status, 68% were on treatment. As many as 270,000 of them were young men.

In Uganda, 1.4 million people were reported living with HIV/AIDS in 2018, according to UNAIDS.

While 23,000 people died from an AIDS-related illness in 2018, another 53,000 people had contracted the virus.

Out of them, 51,000 contracted the infection after birth.

There are also 11 million AIDS-affected orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa.

2019.12.14 / 09:13
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