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UN Millennium Development Goals

Halting the Spread of HIV


SOURCES: The United Nations and The World Bank

The HIV incidence rate is defined as the number of new HIV infections in a population in a given year.

A rate of 0.4% means that 4 out of every 1000 people became newly infected with HIV.

Average Rate by Region

HIV Incidence Rate

The HIV incidence rate decreased worldwide 76% between 1996 and 2013.

It decreased 70% in sub-Saharan Africa over the same period.

Rate by Country

Sub-Saharan Africa still has the highest rate of new HIV infections of any region in the world.

Rate by Country Over Time

countries with the highest average rate

A great deal of progress has been made in stopping the spread of HIV.

Even countries with the highest HIV incidence rates have experienced a dramatic decrease in the rate of new cases since the 1990s. In particular, Zimbabwe and Botswana have seen a rapid reduction in new HIV cases.

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