HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 34 million lives so far. In 2014, 1.2 [980 000–1.6 million] million people died from HIV-related causes globally.There were approximately 36.9 [34.3–41.4] million people living with HIV at the end of 2014 with 2.0 [1.9–2.2] million people becoming newly infected with HIV in 2014 globally.Sub-Saharan Africa is the most affected region, with 25.8 [24.0–28.7] million people living with HIV in 2014. Also sub-Saharan Africa accounts for almost 70% of the global total of new HIV infections.

HIV/AIDS not only impacts the lives of those who are infected, but also has a profound effect on the lives of the global population. In order to successfully combat the virus, and prevent further transmissions from occurring – we need to play an active role in educating ourselves, and our communities about the reality of HIV, what it means to be infected and how to prevent further infection of the greater population.

With World AIDS Day being celebrated on 1st December each year, LAB24 would like to do its part and help spread awareness in the month of the December. It is critically important for each and every individual to know their status, so that he/she is able to make fully informed decisions regarding his/her future.

We have included some facts and information about HIV/AIDS, which will enable you to learn more about the virus in modern times and help to spread awareness to those around you. Be more informed – #KnowYourStatusWithLab24

Source: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs360/en/