HIV/AIDS Questions & Answers
•  Every minute, a child under 15 dies of an AIDS-related illness. Every minute another child becomes HIV-positive.

•  Sub-Saharan Africa is also home to over 48 million orphans, 12 million of them orphaned as a result of the AIDS epidemic.

•  By 2010, an estimated 15.7 million children – 30 percent of the 53 million anticipated orphans from all causes in sub-Saharan Africa – will have lost one parent due to AIDS.

•  Compared to children whose parents are alive, orphans are more likely to be malnourished, drop out of school and be prone to exploitation and abuse.

•  The International Labour Organization has found that orphaned children are much more likely than non-orphans to be working in commercial agriculture, as street vendors, in domestic service and in the sex trade.

•  HIV/AIDS is denying millions of children their childhood. The disease can lead to exclusion, poverty, malnutrition, inadequate access to basic social services, discrimination, gender inequality and the sexual exploitation of women and girls.

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