The number of deaths from AIDS could double in Sub-Saharan Africa as a result of COVID-19

May 24, 2020

AIDS Deaths Could Double In Sub-Saharan Africa Due To COVID-19: UN

The number of deaths from AIDS-related illnesses in sub-Saharan Africa could double if the provision of healthcare to HIV sufferers is disrupted during the coronavirus crisis, the United Nations said Monday. A six-month disruption of antiretroviral therapy due to the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to more than 500,000 extra deaths in the region in 2020-2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UNAIDS said in a joint statement.

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