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A World Distorted by AIDS
Africa dwarfs other continents in this cartogram, where each country's size reflects the number of people with HIV/AIDS. Southern Africa has been hardest hit—in Botswana one in five people is infected.
  • Number of people worldwide with HIV: 40 million; number in sub-Saharan Africa: 26 million
  • Percent of HIV-positive people age 15 to 49 worldwide: 1.1; percent in sub-Saharan Africa: 8
  • Number of people in sub-Saharan Africa contracting HIV daily: 8,500; number dying of AIDS daily: 6,300
  • Number of children under 18 orphaned by AIDS worldwide (as of 2003): 15 million; number in sub-Saharan Africa: 12.3 million
  • Number of HIV-positive South Africans: 5.3 million, more than any other country in the world
  • Percent of pregnant women in South Africa who tested positive for HIV in 2004: 27.9
  • Number of South Africans needing antiretroviral drugs to prevent progression of the illness and death: 983,000; number receiving medication: 117,000
  • Annual cost of three-drug, generic ARV regimen per patient in Lusikisiki, South Africa: about $650; cost per patient for ARV drugs in the U.S.: $10,000 to $15,000

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