::Misconceptions about HIV/AIDS


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The spread of HIV/AIDS has affected millions of people worldwide; AIDS is considered a pandemic.<ref name=Kallings>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> In 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that there are 33.4 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS, with 2.7 million new HIV infections per year and 2 million annual deaths due to AIDS.<ref name=WHO2009>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In 2007, UNAIDS estimated: 33.2 million people worldwide were living with HIV; AIDS killed 2.1 million people in the course of that year, including 330,000 children, and 76% of those deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa.<ref name=UNAIDS2007>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> According to the UNAIDS 2009 report, some 60 million people worldwide have been infected with HIV, resulting in approximately 25 million deaths and 14 million orphaned children in southern Africa alone since the epidemic began decades ago.<ref name=UNAIDS2009>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Misconceptions about HIV and AIDS arise from several different sources, from simple ignorance and misunderstandings about scientific knowledge regarding HIV infections and the etiology of AIDS to misinformation propagated by individuals and groups with ideological stances that deny a causative relationship between HIV infection and the development of AIDS. Below is a list and explanations of some common misconceptions and their rebuttals.

Misconceptions about HIV/AIDS sections
Intro  The relationship between HIV and AIDS  Treatment  HIV infection  History of HIV/AIDS  AIDS denialism  See also  References  External links  

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