Global Health Observatory (GHO)

HIV/AIDS prevalence in Sub-Saharan Africa

Situation and trends

The prevalence of HIV among urban women from 21 countries studied in Sub-Saharan Africa is 1.5 times higher than among urban men, and 1.8 times higher than among rural women. Low socioeconomic status seems to further compound the problem for urban women. In 71% of countries considered for this analysis, the poorest 40% of urban women had a higher HIV prevalence than other women, who are relatively wealthier; among men, this income-based inequality was found in only 48% of the studied countries.

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