A man has reportedly been cured of HIV/AIDS. What does this mean for Africa?
Africa HIV/AIDS statistics
HIV/AIDS statistics in Africa are shocking and quite worrying. In 2011, Sub-saharan Africa alone accounted for an estimated 69% of all people living with HIV/AIDS and 70% of all AIDS deaths. Eastern and Southern Africa is home to 50% of the world’s population living with AIDS and continues to be at the core of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. UNICEF approximates that the region has about 48% of the world’s new HIV infections among adults, 55% among children, and 48% of AIDS-related deaths. Eswatini, previously known as Swaziland, has the highest HIV prevalence rate in the world (26%), followed by Botswana (23.4%) and Lesotho (23.3%).South Africa has the largest HIV/AIDS epidemic in the world, and Kenya, Mozambique, and Uganda jointly have the fourth-largest HIV/AIDS epidemic in the world. The reason HIV transmission rates are so high in Africa is due to lack of HIV/AIDS education, especially amongst youths. Poor policy is also to blame, notably in South Africa whereand used it to form HIV/AIDS policies instead of following actual established science and that led to South Africa having the AIDS epidemic it has today.
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