Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Number of deaths due to HIV/AIDS

Situation and trends

The annual number of people dying from AIDS-related causes worldwide is steadily decreasing from a peak of 2.3 million [2.1–2.6 million] in 2005 to an estimated
1.6 million [1.4–1.9 million] in 2012. AIDS-related mortality began to decline in 2004-2005 in sub-Saharan Africa, South and South-East Asia and the Caribbean and has continued to decline subsequently.

Two signal developments have caused this decline: first, the increased availability of antiretroviral therapy, as well as care and support to people living with HIV, especially in sub-Saharan Africa; and second, fewer people newly infected with HIV since the peak in 1997. The effects of antiretroviral therapy are especially evident in sub-Saharan Africa, where number of people dying from AIDS-related causes in sub-Saharan Africa declined by over 50% from 2004 to 2012, although the region still accounted for 73% of all the people dying from AIDS in 2012.


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