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Charting the global reach of the HIV/AIDS epidemic

AIDS-related deaths decline notably

Last Updated: Nov. 28, 2012

The United Nations has deemed HIV/AIDS to be the most severe epidemic of modern times. Thirty years have passed since doctors identified an unusual immune deficiency among men in the gay community. Although great strides have been made in treatment and prevention, HIV continues to spread. In 2011, there were 2.5 million new HIV infections around the globe. In the same year, there were 1.7 million AIDS-related deaths. But, the UN notes that there were more than half a million fewer deaths in 2011 as compared with 2005. The maps below show the extent of AIDS and HIV around the world.

Source: UNAIDS


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