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AIDS clocks: How many are women??
Feb 4, 2005

Hi, Dr. Bob, You are a total inspiration! Thank you for this forum which is incredibly helpful.

I saw those live AIDS clocks on the CBS/TV's CBS CARES website and they do make a really strong statement. My question is, do you know what percent of the 40 million people infected with HIV in the world are women and how many people get infected each year in the US?

Thank you.

Response from Dr. Frascino


The epidemiology of the pandemic is changing. Women are biologically, socially and economically more vulnerable to HIV infection, especially in regions hardest hit by the epidemic. Globally, women are increasingly affected by HIV, and now make up almost half of the 40 million adults living with HIV/AIDS. The UNAIDS/WHO AIDS epidemic update 2004 states that the number of women living with HIV increased in every region of the world over the past two years. The sharpest increase of 56% occurred in East Asia, followed by a 46% increase in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In sub-Saharan Africa, the worst-affected region, close to 60% of adults living with HIV are women. Women in this region are up to 1.3 times more likely to be infected with HIV than men. This risk is greatest for young women aged 1524 years, who are three to four times more likely to be infected with HIV than young men of the same age. Biologically, women are physically more susceptible to HIV infection than men. Gender-based violence makes them even more vulnerable.

Regarding new infections in the US, we estimate there are approximately 40,000 new infections each year.

Stay well. Stay informed.

Dr. Bob

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