HIV/AIDS Facts and Figures


  • Globally, 54 per cent of all adults living with HIV are women.
  • Young women worldwide make up more than 60 per cent of young people living with HIV; in sub-Saharan Africa, their share jumps to 72 per cent.
  • Women and girls comprise 58 per cent of sub-Saharan Africans living with HIV; they bear the greatest burden of care.
  • In the Caribbean, 53 per cent of adults living with HIV are women.
  • In Asia, women account for a growing proportion of HIV infections: from 21 per cent in 1990 to 35 per cent in 2009.


  • To date, treatment for HIV and AIDS has only reached 54 per cent of people who need it.
  • In 2011, 30 per cent of pregnant women living with HIV and eligible for treatment were receiving antiretroviral therapy for their own health, compared with 54 per cent of all eligible adults.
  • In 26 of 31 countries with a generalized HIV epidemic, less than 50 per cent of young women have comprehensive and correct knowledge about HIV.
  • An estimated 50 million women in Asia are at risk of acquiring HIV from their intimate partners. Evidence indicates that these women are either married or in long-term relationships with men who engage in high-risk sexual behaviours.


Two GCWM Seminars on HIV/AIDS, Truth or Consquence and The Loving Touch may be downloaded here.