16 million women live with HIV

Out of 34 million people living with HIV, 16 million are women and the number continues to rise, according to Mariangela Simao, Chief of Prevention and Vulnerability Reduction at the United Nations agency dealing with AIDS and HIV, UNAIDS.

International Women's Day

Speaking in Geneva, on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, she said that 30 years into the AIDS epidemic, not enough is being done to tackle HIV among women and girls.

Mariangelo Simao said that UNAIDS and its co-sponsors have developed an agenda to better address the needs of women in the context of HIV/AIDS.

“Sixteen million women are living with HIV today and the numbers continue to rise. Out of 34 million people living with HIV 16 million are women. More than 80 per cent of women live in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, and in this region young women are up to four to eight times more likely to be infected than their male partners. HIV is still the leading cause of death and disease among women of reproductive age.”

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