Women are increasingly affected by AIDS epidemic, report shows

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (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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    A girl sits at the bedside of her dying mother in Tanzania


    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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