HIV :: Africa having more HIV cases – UNAids

An estimated 40 million people are now living with HIV/AIDS and the global epidemic continues to grow, according to new figures published by UNAids and the World Health Organization.

According to the UNAIDS/WHO 2006 AIDS Epidemic Update, 2.9 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2006 and there were 4.3 million new infections, more than half occurring in sub-Saharan Africa.

Almost three-quarters of deaths from Aids in 2006 occurred there and two-thirds of those living with HIV are in that area.

UNAids says there are an estimated 39.5 million people now living with HIV.

The number living with the virus has increased everywhere, with the most striking increases in East Asia and Central Asia/Eastern Europe.

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