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Total number of people living with HIV worldwide 2000-2018

Total number of people living with HIV worldwide from 2000 to 2018 (in millions)

by John Elflein, last edited Jul 30, 2019
Total number of people living with HIV worldwide 2000-2018 This statistic depicts the total number of people living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) worldwide from 2000 to 2018. In 2000, UNAIDS estimated the total global number of people living with HIV to be 28.9 million.
HIV epidemic in developing countries

The total number of people globally living with HIV has increased from 28.9 million people in 2000 to almost 38 million people in 2018. However, the total number of new HIV infections has decreased from 3.2 million in 2000 to 1.7 million in 2018. It has become easier for those infected with HIV to live longer lives. Death rates for HIV-positive people are decreasing, mostly due to antiretroviral drugs that have turned the infection into a chronic disease.

Nevertheless, those with HIV are at a higher risk for conditions such as liver disease, heart disease, and cancer. Medication for HIV has become more widespread and has made HIV a more manageable condition. However, medicine is not widely accessible in the developing world and treatment is still lacking. In Swaziland, over 27 percent of all people between 15 and 49 years are living with HIV, while the percentage is around 19 in South Africa. HIV infections are still especially widespread in Eastern and Southern Africa with 20.6 million people living with the condition in 2018. In the same year, there were over two million people in Latin America and the Caribbean living with HIV.
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Total number of people living with HIV worldwide from 2000 to 2018 (in millions)

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