hiv/aids

To understand this pandemic disease (a disease so widespread that it covers an entire country or continent) that has gripped southern Africa, one must first understand what HIV and AIDS are. A large portion of Hand in Hand in Africa's resources supports education and awareness, as these two areas are key to eradicating HIV.

the facts

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the body's immune system, damaging or killing specific immune cells. Over time, as HIV grows in an infected person, the immune system gets weaker. He or she is left vulnerable to infections and illnesses that can range from pneumonia to cancer. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a disease in which the body's immune system breaks down and is unable to fight off infections. Only when someone with HIV begins to experience symptoms of an illness or has lost a significant amount of immune cells are they diagnosed with AIDS.

Being diagnosed HIV-positive does not mean that the virus has progressed into full-blown AIDS. HIV is treatable and an infected person can live a healthy, productive life. However, HIV is presently incurable. Furthermore, AIDS is a fatal disease for which likewise there is no cure.

the stats

Collecting HIV/AIDS data for sub-Saharan countries is difficult. For example, often statistics are gleaned from pre-natal clinics, leaving statistics on the male population vague or unreported.  Therefore, statistical information is only as accurate as the reporting sources.

According to the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), “in 2015, there were 19 million people—more than half of whom were women—living with HIV in eastern and southern Africa, and an estimated 960,000 people became newly infected. In 2015, 470,000 people died of AIDS-related causes. Eastern and southern Africa accounts for 46% of the global total of new HIV infections.”

 

Please visit amfar.org, gobgr.org and UNAIDS.org for more information and current statistics.

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hiv/aids

To understand this pandemic disease (a disease so widespread that it covers an entire country or continent) that has gripped southern Africa, one must first understand what HIV and AIDS are. A large portion of Hand in Hand in Africa's resources supports education and awareness, as these two areas are key to eradicating HIV.

the facts

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the body's immune system, damaging or killing specific immune cells. Over time, as HIV grows in an infected person, the immune system gets weaker. He or she is left vulnerable to infections and illnesses that can range from pneumonia to cancer. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a disease in which the body's immune system breaks down and is unable to fight off infections. Only when someone with HIV begins to experience symptoms of an illness or has lost a significant amount of immune cells are they diagnosed with AIDS.

Being diagnosed HIV-positive does not mean that the virus has progressed into full-blown AIDS. HIV is treatable and an infected person can live a healthy, productive life. However, HIV is presently incurable. Furthermore, AIDS is a fatal disease for which likewise there is no cure.

the stats

Collecting HIV/AIDS data for sub-Saharan countries is difficult. For example, often statistics are gleaned from pre-natal clinics, leaving statistics on the male population vague or unreported.  Therefore, statistical information is only as accurate as the reporting sources.

According to the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), “in 2015, there were 19 million people—more than half of whom were women—living with HIV in eastern and southern Africa, and an estimated 960,000 people became newly infected. In 2015, 470,000 people died of AIDS-related causes. Eastern and southern Africa accounts for 46% of the global total of new HIV infections.”

 

Please Visit amfar.org, gobgr.org and UNAIDS.org for more information and current statistics.

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theme by LottaGraphics