Why Does HIV Kill More Men Than Women? 14/8/2017

Published by ALLAFRICA

In 2016, 60% of women of 15 years or older living with HIV were on treatment. Less than half their male peers could say the same.

Men are far more likely to die from an HIV-related illness than women, although women are becoming infected with HIV at a much faster rate.

In East and Southern Africa, more than half (54%) of people dying of Aids related illnesses were men and boys, although they represent only 46% of those infected with HIV in the region, according Unaids' 2017 Global Aids update.

Why? Because fewer men than women get tested for HIV. Studies show that in East and Southern African countries, men are significantly less likely than women to have been tested for HIV and therefore do not know their HIV status.

 

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