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Cover of HIV/AIDS - WSSD 2002: Australia's Overseas Aid Program fact sheet

HIV/AIDS

WSSD 2002: Australia's Overseas Aid Program fact sheet
Environment Australia, August 2002

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About the fact sheet

An estimated 38 million people throughout the world are affected by HIV/AIDS, a devastating disease that is one of most striking examples of a problem that transcends borders. HIV/AIDS is increasing in the Asia-Pacific region with about 7.5 million people infected.

HIV/AIDS is a significant challenge in developed and developing countries alike. But in developing countries, HIV/AIDS threatens to reverse decades of development because it attacks people in their most productive years, destroys communities, disrupts food production and places heavy burdens on already weak health services.

HIV/AIDS is one of the Australian aid program's highest priorities. Australia acted quickly in responding to HIV/AIDS at home, and has taken a prominent role in the international response to the epidemic. In 2002-03, about 17 per cent of health funding through the aid program will be spent on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) control projects.