HIV/AIDS in Lebanon

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.

  • naser

    the main reason of aids in lebanon is that people there are not using condoms during the sexual relation , so simply guys keep it save and use always condoms

    November 1, 2011

  • mario draiby

    i don't think ....

    October 31, 2011


    i think that the fear in lebanon is the most issue cos everybody is affraifd to talk about hiv , and if anybody is having hiv he is considered a criminal and is rejected from the cosiety.hiv is like any else disease which has to be taken very normaly cos these peolp[les have all the rights to be part of the society. god bless you all

    August 12, 2011

  • Alice

    Attn: Hospital in charge, doctor, all staff & AIDS patient (please widely give it to your friend) Eating very peppery fresh chili after eating AIDS medicine one hour later can exert power of medicine up to many times without damaging human’s health I am the chairman of National promotion of Buddhism, vegetable food and prevention of cancer association. I have discovered that eating very peppery fresh chili after eating AIDS, swine flu and SARS, etc medicine one hour later can exert power of medicine up to many times without damaging human’s health. The amount of chili can be maximum but not excess. Our association address www.buddhism-food-cancer.org.hk

    April 20, 2011

  • nisreen alarab

    the last statistics u did is years ago..!!!!! when are u going to do new statistics??

    March 14, 2011

  • Concerned

    Lebanon should and must consider alternative treatments. Chemical treatments only bring more complications. After all its economical and Lebanon needs to study it really hard considering the heavy debt it has at the moment.

    September 24, 2008