Where HIV Hits Hardest
HIV rates are rising in the Middle East and North Africa, but dropping in countries like Malawi and Botswana. (Photo: Google)
Where are HIV rates rising? It might not be where you think. According to UNAIDS, new HIV infections in the Middle East and North Africa have risen 35 percent since 2001. These new infections tend to be among injecting drug users, sex workers, and men who have sex with men (MSM). In East Africa, the HIV epidemic continues to be a challenge, particularly HIV infections among injecting drug users. In Tanzania, the prevalence of HIV among people who inject drugs is as high as 42 percent; among women who inject drugs, 67 percent.
Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.