And it's impact on the health sector.
What it does
Where it is
In the sub-saharan Africa, the direct medical cost of AIDs has been estimated at about US$30 per year for each person infected.
In sub-Saharan Africa, people with HIV related disease occupy more than half of the hospital beds.
Although the recent increase in the provision of antiretroviral (ARVs which significantly delay the progression form HIV to AIDS has brought hope to many in Africa, it has also put increased strain on healthcare workers because providing ARVs requires more time and training than is currently available in most countries.