"When I started my career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the mid-1980s, AIDS was a newly discovered virus and people counseled me to stay away. They said it was just a medical curiosity that would be quickly solved and never have major public health importance.
HIV & AIDS
- Since HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was discovered in 1981, it has infected more than 75 million people and claimed more than 36 million lives.
- There were 35.3 million people in the world living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in 2012.
Since HIV – the disease that causes AIDS – was identified in 1981, more than 60 million people have been infected – and 25 million have died AIDS-related deaths, mostly in low- and middle-income countries.
Test Your Knowledge! Write down the answers and check them at the bottom of the page.
1. Which country has the largest population (5.6 million) of people living with HIV?
A. South Africa
My name is Rajiya and I am one among the millions of woman who are deprived of basic human rights and still struggling to find a space for ourselves in society.