Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Number of deaths due to HIV/AIDS

Situation and trends

Expanded access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and a declining incidence of HIV infection have led to a steep fall globally in the number of adults and children dying from HIV-related causes. The estimated 1.5 million [1.4 – 1.7 million] people dying from HIV globally in 2013 were 22% fewer than in 2009 and 35% fewer than when the number peaked in 2005. Children (younger than 15 years) in 2013 had 31% fewer deaths from HIV compared with 2009 and 40% fewer deaths compared with 2005.

This puts the world on track to exceed the target of reducing the number of people dying from HIV-related causes by 25% by 2015 (compared with a 2009 baseline)*. Globally, ART programmes averted an estimated 7.6 million [6.9 – 8.4 million] deaths between 1995 and 2013

The drop in HIV-related mortality is especially evident in the regions with the greatest burden of HIV infection, including the WHO African Region, home to about three in four people dying from HIV-related causes in 2013. An estimated 1.1 million [1.0 – 1.3 million] people died in the African Region from HIV-related causes in 2013, 24% fewer than the 1.5 million [1.4 – 1.6 million] in 2009.

* Global health sector strategy on HIV/AIDS 2011—2015. Geneva: World Health Organization;2011.


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