Children, HIV and AIDS

Global and regional snapshots

November 26, 2019

Progress on the global HIV epidemic front has been mixed. Since 2010, there has been significant success in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), however, in recent years that progress has stalled. While new HIV infections among younger children are on the decline, new HIV infections among adolescents are decreasing too slowly to substantially reduce their overall risk. HIV treatment – the access to and uptake of antiretroviral treatment (ART) – for children living with HIV has seen weaker progress compared to pregnant mothers living with the virus.

These variations in progress are especially evident across regions and countries. Nine out of 10 children aged 0-19 years living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa, therefore the snapshots below focus on the global HIV epidemic and progress in the regions hit the hardest.

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Global Snapshot


Sub-Saharan Africa Snapshot


Eastern & Southern Africa Snapshot


West and Central Africa Snapshot