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HIV deaths: Bangladesh ranks 10th in Asia, India 1st

  • Published at 04:45 pm January 26th, 2018
  • Last updated at 11:42 pm January 26th, 2018
HIV deaths: Bangladesh ranks 10th in Asia, India 1st
Bangladesh recorded the 10th highest number of deaths from HIV/AIDS among Asian countries in 2016, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has revealed. According to the recent UNAIDS report 2017, around 1,000 people died in Bangladesh in 2016 due to the virus. A data comparison from 2016 of South Asian countries shows that India suffered the highest number of deaths from AIDS in Asia - 62,000 - while Bangladesh is behind Pakistan (5,500 deaths) and Nepal (1,700 deaths). [caption id="attachment_242867" align="aligncenter" width="683"] Screenshot of a graph from UNAIDS website shows the data on HIV deaths in South Asian countries[/caption] Sri Lanka recorded 110 deaths and 360 people died in Afghanistan due to virus in the same year, according to the report. Around 12,000 people who have contracted HIV are currently living in Bangladesh. Of them, 7,500 are male and aged 15 or above, according to UNAIDS data. About 1,500 people have been newly affected by the virus. Around 7,900 people under the age of 17 have been orphaned by the virus. However, only 1,800 AIDS affected people in the country are receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART). [caption id="attachment_242834" align="aligncenter" width="1291"] Screenshot of a graph from UNAIDS website shows the data on HIV deaths in South Asian countries[/caption] There were around 170,000 AIDS-related fatalities in the Asia Pacific region in 2016, according to the UNAIDS report. The number has declined since 2010, when around 240,000 deaths were recorded. It also added that around one million people died worldwide in 2016 due to the virus. According to UNAIDS, an estimated 5.1 million in the Asia Pacific region are living with HIV at present, while only 2.4 million have access to treatment. Data on China is not available. India has the third largest population of people with HIV after South Africa and Nigeria.