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AIDS is a disease we know how to prevent. Period. And yet, each day approximately 4,500 people will lose their lives to AIDS and another nearly 6,500 will become newly diagnosed with HIV. (UNAIDS Fact sheet, 2013)

million people

have contracted HIV since the beginning of the pandemic.


have died of AIDS-related causes.

million people

living with HIV in the world.


do not know their HIV-positive status.


The epidemic is disproportionately affecting specific locations and populations. Sub-Saharan Africa is by far the hardest hit region of the epidemic. Of the 36 million people living with HIV, an estimated 24 million are living there.

Nearly one in every 20 adults is living with the virus in this region.

South Africa’s population represents 1% of the world population but 19% of the HIV positive population.
UNAIDS, GAP Report, 2013


Despite these bleak statistics, tremendous strides have been made in the fight against HIV. AIDS is no longer a death sentence for most of the world. More people are on treatment than ever before and we are at a point where we can now realistically talk about an AIDS-free generation and the beginning of the end of AIDS. But young people are slipping through the cracks.

decrease in deaths from HIV since 2008.

but for one group
there was actually an

increase in adolescents deaths due
to HIV over the same period.

In South Africa, where CTAOP primarily works, there is a combination of challenges along with the normal pressures of adolescence. These challenges are complex and include gender inequity, high crime rates, lack of cohesive family units, high incidence of rape and sexual misuse, misinformation or lack of information about HIV, chronic unemployment, lack of access to health services, and the stigma that surrounds the disease.