Here are some of the most recent statistics about HIV:
- There are over 36 million people living with HIV worldwide including men, women and children
- In 2015 almost 16 million people worldwide were receiving antiretroviral therapy
- The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has one of the lowest HIV prevalence rates in the world (0.1%)'
- The low HIV prevalence seen among the general population in MENA is thought to be due to religious and cultural values, which discourage pre-marital sex [and] encourage married people to be faithful'
- Though the number of people living with HIV in MENA is low compared with other parts of the world, it currently has one of the world's fastest growing epidemics.