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Women are increasingly affected by AIDS epidemic, report shows

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7477.1257-c (Published 25 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1257
  1. Raghav Chawla
  1. BMJ

    The proportion of women and girls with HIV has increased in every region of the world since 2002, a new report from UNAIDS, the joint United Nations programme on HIV and AIDS, shows.


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    The report says that nearly half of the estimated 39.4 million people in the world infected with HIV today are female: the proportion in 1998 was 41%.

    The proportion is highest in sub-Saharan Africa, which has three quarters of all women infected with HIV in the world. Fifty …

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