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Sources: UNAIDS/ WHO epidemiological Fact Sheet 2008.
List Notes: Data is estimated number of adults and children who died of AIDS for the years 2007 and 2001. Most current data available is for the year 2007 (updated by the Top 5 of Anything, April 2010).
- In 2008, an estimated 1.9 million people living in sub-Saharan Africa became newly infected with HIV, bringing the total number of people living with HIV to 22.4 million.
- In 2008, an estimated 1.4 million AIDS-related deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa. This number represents an 18% decline in annual HIV-related mortality in the region since 2004.
- In 2008, sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 67% of HIV infections worldwide, 68% of new HIV infections among adults and 91% of new HIV infections among children. The region also accounted for 72% of the world's AIDS-related deaths in 2008
- While the rate of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa has slowly declined (with the number of new infections in 2008 approximately 25% lower than at the epidemic's peak in the region in 1995)the number of people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa slightly increased in 2008, in part due to increased longevity stemming from improved access to HIV treatment. Adult (15-49) HIV prevalence declined from 5.8% in 2001 to 5.2% in 2008.
- An estimated 33 million people were living with HIV in 2007. There were 2.7 million new HIV infections and 2 million AIDS-related deaths last year.