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AIDS around the world
South and South-East Asia

The epidemic arrived late in Asia, but today the region accounts for 15% of all infections worldwide. India has by far the worst problem, with an estimated 3.9m sufferers - more than any other country except South Africa. The most common way of spreading the infection is through unsafe drug-injecting practices.

People with HIV:6m
New HIV cases in 2002:700,000
Deaths from Aids in 2002:440,000
Children (under 15) with Aids by end of 2002:240,000
Source: UNAIDS, 2002

People living with Aids at end of 2001
Source: UNAIDS, 2002

From the archive:

  • Indian sex educators tackle Aids
  • Asian drug users speed Aids spread
  • Burma faces Aids explosion

  •  An ex-drug user, Somchai, at a treatment programme in Chiang Mai, Thailand
     A Nepalese girl, Namita, on people’s attitude to her friend with Aids

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