- 6 million women and girls live with HIV
- Every four minutes three young women become infected with HIV
- HIV incidence is 10 times higher among female sex workers than among the general population
160,000 women and girls in Ghana are living with HIV according to a UNAIDS report on HIV prevalence rate in West Africa.
According to the 2017 report, which provides global statistics on the prevalence of HIV among women across the world, 18.6 million women and girls are reported to be living with HIV in the world.
The report also noted that women accounted for 51% of people living with HIV worldwide, but with large regional differences—in western and central Africa, nearly 60% of all people living with HIV are women.
In Ghana, the report stated that the prevalence rate among female sex traders is 11.1%.
“Aside the HIV prevalence, female sex workers also face challenges as physical violence and sexual violence.”
According to the outgoing country representative of UNAID, Girmay Haile, the fight against stigmatisation of people living with HIV/AIDS is a big challenge in Ghana largely because of social norms and cultures.
The UNAIDS report added that nearly one million girls and women were newly infected with HIV in 2015.
In sub-Saharan Africa, women accounted for 56% of new HIV infections among adults.
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