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WORLD AIDS DAY. It doesn’t have to end on the 1st of Dec.

Sub-Saharan Africa is more heavily affected by HIV and AIDS than any other region of the world. An estimated 22.5 million people are living with HIV in the region – around two thirds of the global total. In 2009 around 1.3 million people died from AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and 1.8 million people became infected with HIV. Since the beginning of the epidemic 14.8 million children have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS.

The last population-based survey on HIV prevalence was the Cameroon Demographic and Health Survey 2004 (DHS 2004). The survey found HIV prevalence of 5.5% in the general population aged 15-49. HIV prevalence in young women aged 15-24 (4.8%) was significantly higher than in men (1.4%) of the same age group.

According to national estimates [1], the total estimated number of people living with HIV in Cameroon was about 540,000 in 2008, including around 45,000 children. Among adults (15+ years old), approximately 180,000 were estimated in need of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) in 2008 [2], while only 46,000 (25%) received treatment.

My Take:

Know your status, spread THE WORD, not THE VIRUS!

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