World AIDS Day on December 1 is used to unite people in the fight against HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus first identified in 1984, to show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate those who have died. Here are some facts about AIDS in 2015 with data from the World Health Organisation, the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF, and UNAIDS.(Source: Reuters)
AIDS is the number one cause of death among adolescents in Africa and the second among adolescents globally.
In sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the highest prevalence, girls account for 7 in 10 new infections among those aged 15-19.
At start of 2015, 15 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy compared to 1 million in 2001
Despite widespread availability of HIV testing, only an estimated 51 percent of people with HIV know their status.