Sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS

Global and Regional Situation Summary

Global situation summary

Regional situation summary

By December 2007, the proportion of people living with the HIV virus appears to have levelled off globally. However, the number of people living with HIV has risen to 33.2 million. Some 2.5 million people were newly infected with the virus in 2007 and 2.1 million people died of AIDS-related illnesses.

In 2007, an estimated 4.9 million people in Asia were living with HIV, including the 440,000 people newly infected in the past year. Approximately 300,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2007.

It is estimated that 1.3 million people were living with HIV/AIDS in the Western Pacific Region in 2006.

An estimated 14,000 people acquired HIV in Oceania in 2007, bringing the total number of people living with HIV in Oceania to an estimated 75,000. Some 1,200 people died of AIDS related illnesses. Over 70% of the total numbers of people living with HIV are in Papua New Guinea, where the epidemic is still expanding, although at slightly lower levels than previously believed.

(Source: UNAIDS/WHO: 2007 AIDS Epidemic Update, December 2007; the Work of WHO in the Western Pacific Region2006-2007)