HIV/AIDS in figures

Here are the latest estimates of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, published last November by the UN agency UNAIDS. Figures are for the end of 2008. An update is expected later this year.

1) TOTAL INFECTIONS IN 2008:

WORLD: Around 33.4 million people living with HIV, in a range of 31.1 million to 35.8 million.

BY REGION:

Sub-Saharan Africa: 22.4 million

South and Southeast Asia: 3.8 million

East Asia: 850,000

Latin America: 2.0 million

North America: 1.4 million

Western and Central Europe: 850,000

Eastern Europe and Central Asia: 1.5 million

Caribbean: 240,000

Middle East and North Africa: 310,000

Oceania: 59,000

2) NEW INFECTIONS IN 2008:

WORLD:

2.7 million people became infected in 2008, unchanged from 2007.

BY REGION:

Sub-Saharan Africa: 1.9 million

South and Southeast Asia: 280,000

East Asia: 75,000

Latin America: 170,000

North America: 55,000

Western and Central Europe: 30,000

Eastern Europe and Central Asia: 110,000

Caribbean: 20,000

Middle East and North Africa: 35,000

Oceania: 3,900

3) AIDS DEATHS IN 2008:

WORLD:

Around two million people died from AIDS-related causes in 2008, unchanged from 2007.

BY REGION:

Sub-Saharan Africa: 1.4 million

South and Southeast Asia: 270,000

East Asia: 59,000

Latin America: 77,000

North America: 25,000

Western and Central Europe: 13,000

Eastern Europe and Central Asia: 87,000

Caribbean: 12,000

Middle East and North Africa: 20,000

Oceania: 2,000

Source: 2009 AIDS Epidemic Update

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