Global HIV – AHF Myanmar

Global HIV

HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, our body’s natural defense against illness. If HIV is left untreated, a person’s immune system will get weaker and weaker until it can no longer fight off life-threatening infections and diseases.

What's HIV ?

  • HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, our body’s natural defense against illness.
  • If HIV is left untreated, a person’s immune system will get weaker and weaker until it can no longer fight off life-threatening infections and diseases.

What is AIDS?

  • AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome; it’s also called advanced HIV infection or late-stage HIV.
  • AIDS is a set of symptoms and illnesses that develop as a result of advanced HIV infection which has destroyed the immune system.

Global situation and trends

Since the beginning of the epidemic, more than 70 million people have been infected with the HIV virus and about 35 million people have died of HIV.

People living with HIV/AIDS (Number of people (all ages) living with HIV

36.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide in 2017

Mortality (Number of deaths due to HIV)

940 000people died of HIV-related illnesses worldwide in 2017

Prevention (Facilities with HIV testing and counselling)

129 low- and middle-income countries reported a total of 150 million people tested in 2014