Estimated number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Lebanon as of November 2007: 2,500-3,000
Cumulative number of reported HIV/AIDS cases according to the Lebanese National AIDS Control Program in Lebanon: 1,056
Number of new HIV/AIDS cases reported in 2007: 92
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Number of reported cases of HIV/AIDS infection in Lebanon: 1056
Infections from sexual transmission: 70%
United Nations program for AIDS prevention (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) released the most recent estimate of cumulative Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) cases in Lebanon. The estimated number of people in Lebanon living with HIV/AIDS as of November 2007 ranged between 2,500 and 3,000, while the total number of reported cases according to the National AIDS Control Program in Lebanon was 1,056. There were 92 new cases reported between January and November 2007.
41% of these 1,056 were declared to have AIDS in 2007, although some individuals had contracted HIV as early as 1984. 42% of the total number of cases are carriers of HIV, and have not yet been determined to have AIDS. In 17% of cases the progress of the virus could not be determined. 17.8% of all HIV/AIDS cases were women, compared with men who comprised 81.8%. 22% of those infected are married, 21% single, 1% divorced, and 55% declined to give their marital status.
Over 70% of HIV infections were transmitted sexually, 6% were from contaminated blood transfusions, 5% from intravenous drug use, and 2% from prenatal transmission. 17% could not determine the mode of transmission. 41% of reported cases were foreigners, while 49% were residents of Lebanon.
According to international organizations, the number of AIDS-related deaths world-wide reached 2.1 million, with 25,000 of those in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The number of new HIV infections world-wide in 2007 was 2.5 million, 35,000 of which were in the MENA region. The total number of HIV/AIDS cases in 2007 was 33.2 million. 380,000 of these cases are in the MENA region. The International Labor Organization estimates that 70% of people infected with HIV/AIDS are workers who would otherwise be in the most productive stage of their life. Only 10% of people infected with HIV/AIDS know they have the disease. There were 6,800 new cases recorded daily in 2007, and 96% of these cases were in under-developed or developing countries. Statistics also show that 50% of infected individuals are women, and 40% are between the ages of 15 and 24.