About 1.7 million people became infected with HIV in 2018

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — About 1.7 million people became infected with HIV in 2018 around the world, according to a report by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS), published Tuesday.

According to UNAIDS, around 1.7 million people worldwide became infected with HIV in 2018, a decrease of 16% compared with 2010 figures. As noted, the reduction in the number of infections was mainly due to the progress that has been made in combating the disease in the countries of Southern and Eastern Africa.

In particular, in South Africa the number of new HIV infections has decreased by more than 40%.

According to the report, there are currently 37.9 million HIV cases in the world, of which 1.7 million are children. Moreover, only 79% know that they are sick. Last year, 770 thousand people died from the consequences of AIDS, which is 33% less than in 2010.

UNAID also notes a dangerous increase in the number of new HIV infections in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (by 29%), in the Middle East and North Africa (by 10%), and in Latin America (7%).

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