How many people have HIV/AIDS?

Globally, 39.4 million adults and children were living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2004. Of them, more than 95% were living in low- and middle-income countries.

In 2004, 4.9 million people were newly infected with HIV, and there were 3.1 million adult and child deaths due to HIV/AIDS. Almost 50% of newly infected adults were women. Since the beginning of the epidemic, there have been more than 20 million AIDS deaths.

Global Summary of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
People newly infected with HIV in 2004
Total4.9 million
Adults4.3 million
Children <15 years 640,000
Number of people living with HIV/AIDS as of end 2004
Total39.4 million
Adults37.2 million
Women17.6 million
Children <15 years 2.2 million
AIDS deaths in 2004
Total3.1 million
Adults2.6 million
Children <15 years 510,000
(Source: AIDS Epidemic Update, UNAIDS, December 2004.)
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