n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - The Durban declaration : advocacy

Volume 1, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



In July 2000, seventeen years after the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), thousands of individuals from around the world gathered in Durban, South Africa, to attend the XIIIth International AIDS Conference. Approximately 34 million people worldwide are estimated to be living with HIV or AIDS, 24 million of them in sub-Saharan Africa.' Last year alone, 2.6 million people worldwide died of AIDS, the highest yearly death rate since the start of the epidemic. If current trends continue then southern and South-East Asia, South America and regions of the former Soviet Union will bear a very heavy burden in the next two decades.

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