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Serious epidemics are underway in Central Africa, with Cameroon and the Central African Republic worst-affected. Here, too, HIV prevalence among pregnant women appears to have stabilized—albeit at high levels (of roughly 10%). In the Congo, meanwhile, Figure 12 Percentage of young people (15–24) who had sex with a non-marital, non-cohabiting partner in the 12 months prior to the survey, selected sub-Saharan African countries, 1995–2001 Women 100 Men 80 60 % 40 20 0 1996 2000 Malawi 1996 1999 Tanzania 1995 2000 Uganda 1996 2001 Zambia Source: DHS data, 1995–2001.

4 million] people who became newly infected in the past year. AIDS claimed some 540 000 [350 000–810 000] lives in 2004. 8%] were living with HIV by the end of 2004. Asia is not just vast but diverse, and HIV epidemics in the region share that diversity, with the nature, pace and severity of epidemics differing across the region. Overall, Asian countries can be divided into several categories, according to the epidemics they are experiencing. While some countries were hit early (for example, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand), others are only now starting to experience rapidly expanding epidemics and need to mount swift, effective responses.

2002). 34 same trend is not apparent elsewhere in the country. 9%) that has been detected among sugar cane plantation workers (MAP, 2003). Cuba has been an exception in this region, with very low HIV prevalence, possibly due, in part, to a policy of quarantining HIV-infected people as a preventive measure during the 1980s. Cuba subsequently abandoned that policy. Meanwhile, universal free access to antiretroviral therapy has kept the number of AIDS cases and deaths very AIDS epidemic update: December 2004 low.

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