HIV in Africa - The Stats

  • The vast majority of the world’s HIV Positive population reside in sub-Saharan Africa, with East & Southern Africa the regions that have been hit hardest by the HIV virus.
  • Every 15 seconds a child in Africa loses a parent to AIDS, and in Kenya alone there are now 660,000 children that have been orphaned as a result of the virus.
  • Almost a third (28.8%) of Swaziland’s adult population are living with HIV. This is the highest prevalence of the virus anywhere on the planet, with unprotected, heterosexual sex accounting for 94% of all new infections.
  • In 2015, an estimated 60% of new HIV infections in Western & Central Africa had initially occurred in Nigeria – a country that has the world’s second largest HIV epidemic, with 3.2 million people living with HIV.

Better2Know has HIV and STI testing facilities in many countries across Africa.

The statistics may be staggering but as the figures continue to grow, so too does the campaign to combat both the infection and its impact. This century has seen a considerable political and financial commitment to fighting the epidemic in Africa, with countries such as Kenya and Botswana dramatically scaling up their prevention, treatment and care services for HIV. Botswana was the first country in the East & Southern African region to provide free, universal antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV.

Early Detection is Key

The sooner someone with HIV is diagnosed and treated, the less chance there is of that individual transmitting the infection to someone else. Hence the importance of regular testing and early intervention. Better2Know’s Early Detection Screen, which also includes testing for HIV, Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C, will detect an HIV infection just 10 days after any potential exposure to the virus. This is one of the many, comprehensive screens we have available in Africa, combining HIV testing with the detection of other, common STIs.

At Better2Know, we believe in the normalisation of HIV and STI testing. Our aim is to remove any associated stigmas and improve the health of our patients in Africa and around the world.