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Men: Epidemiology Fact Sheet

2001

I care . . . Do you?

"I care . . . Do you?" is the slogan for the second year of a two-year campaign intended to create a sustained focus on the role of men in the AIDS epidemic.
  • Globally, over half of all people living with HIV/AIDS are men (53%).

  • In most regions of the world, two-thirds or more of the people living with HIV/AIDS are men:*

    • Australia, New Zealand and Eastern Pacific = 92% (MSM);

    • South and Southeast Asia = 65% (Hetero, IDU);

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    • East Asia and Western Pacific = 87% (MSM, Hetero, IDU);

    • Latin America = 75% (MSM, IDU, Hetero);

    • North America = 80% (MSM, IDU, Hetero);

    • Western Europe = 75% (MSM, IDU);

    • Caribbean = 60% (MSM, Hetero);

    • North Africa and the Middle East = 80% (Hetero, IDU);

    • Eastern Europe and Central Asia = 77% (IDU); and

    • Sub-Saharan Africa = 45% (Hetero).

  • Since the beginning of the epidemic, AIDS has been responsible for more than 9 million deaths among men.

  • All over the world, men tend to have more extramarital partners, thereby increasing their own and their primary partners' risk of contracting HIV.

  • Over 70% of HIV infections worldwide occur through sex between men and women.

  • 5-10% of HIV infections worldwide occur through sex between men.

  • 5% or so of HIV infections worldwide occur among people who inject drugs, four-fifths of whom are men.

* Modes of transmission: Hetero (heterosexual transmission), IDU (transmission through injecting drug use), MSM (sexual transmission among men who have sex with men).



  
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This article was provided by UNAIDS. It is a part of the publication World AIDS Campaign 2001. Visit UNAIDS' website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
 
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