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A Kenyan woman prepares ribbons ahead of World Aids Day at Beacon of Hope centre, a non-government organization formed to address women's problem of HIV/AIDS in Nairobi, November 25, 2004.© Antony Njuguna / Reuters/Reuters

People living with HIV

  • There are an estimated 35 million people living with HIV-AIDS.
  • An estimated 71,300 Canadians were living with HIV-AIDS.

AIDS-related deaths

  • In 2013, 1.5 million people died from AIDS-related causes worldwide, compared with 2.4 million in 2005, a 35-per-cent decrease.
  • An estimated 24,300 Canadians have died of AIDS since the epidemic began.

New HIV infections

  • Worldwide, 2.1 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2013, down from 3.4 million in 2001, a 38-per-cent decrease.
  • Approximately 3,175 people became infected with HIV in Canada last year.

Antiretroviral therapy

  • 38 per cent of adults living with HIV and 24 per cent of children living with HIV are receiving the life-extending medicines.


  • In 2013, approximately $19.1-billion was spent on the AIDS response.
  • UNAIDS estimates that $24-billion will be needed in 2015.
  • Canada spends about $86-million a year domestically on HIV-AIDS.