HIV becomes world's leading infectious cause of death.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) named HIV in 1999 as the leading infectious cause of death in the world, moving ahead of tuberculosis for the first time. WHO estimates that there were 2.3 million AIDS-related deaths in 1998, with the situation being worst in Africa. In 1998, 19 percent of all deaths in Africa were due to AIDS. UNAIDS estimates that there are 39 million people living with HIV infection worldwide, with exploding epidemics in Asia and eastern Europe. The infection rate continues to soar in Africa. A table shows the ten leading causes of death worldwide in 1998.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalThe Hopkins HIV report : a bimonthly newsletter for healthcare providers / Johns Hopkins University AIDS Service
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1999
Externally publishedYes

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