HIV/AIDS Awareness

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is the final stage of HIV disease, which causes severe damage to the immune system. Once you have HIV it could take years to get AIDS, but there are medications that can dramatically slow the progression of the disease.

Dr.Kasong Tshijing helping a little boy named Josphat who was recently tested positive for HIV.

Josphat, who recently tested positive for HIV, receives care from Dr. Kasong Tshijing at St. Theresa Mission hospital.
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  • 70.8 percent of the world's people living with HIV/AIDS live in Sub-Saharan Africa; an estimated 1.6 million people were newly infected with HIV/AIDS.
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  • Without treatment, one third of infants living with HIV will die before their first birthday. Half will die before their second birthday.

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • 72% of all people infected with HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa, in 2010-2011 an estimated 1.2 million adults and children died as a result of AIDS-related illnesses.
  • Since the very beginning of the epidemic more than 15 million Africans have died from AIDS-related illness, 60% of deaths caused in Africa is because of HIV/AIDS
  • More than 34 million orphans in sub-Saharan Africa today and 11 million of them are orphaned by AIDS.
  • 8 out of every 10 children in the world whose parents have died of AIDS live in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • In the last 12 years children who are orphaned as a result of AIDS rose 3.5% to 32%.
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A positive HIV mother gave birth to her daughter who is now 6 months old and was tested HIV negative.

Life Expectancy

  • In the worst affected countries, average life expectancy has fallen by 20 years because of the epidemic.
  • The biggest increase in deaths has been adults aged between 20 and 49 years.