Did you know that 1,000 children are infected with HIV every day, most of them through transmission of the virus at birth?
HIV is both preventable and treatable.
Why we work on HIV and AIDS
HIV and AIDS have a devastating effect on children. They deprive children of parental care and protection. In 2009, there were an estimated 16.6 million children worldwide who had lost one or both parents to AIDS.
These children are often forced to replace parents as head of the household and care for younger siblings. This means they can't go to school and get an education because they're forced to work to support themselves and their family.
Millions of young people also face the risk of contracting HIV themselves - HIV is increasingly concentrated among young people, particularly girls. In 2010, there were 390,000 children under the age of 15 infected with HIV, and in 2008 young people aged 15 to 24 accounted for around 40% of all new adult HIV infections worldwide.
How we're helping
UNICEF works with communities and governments around the world to prevent new infections among young people, and eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV. We also protect and support children who've lost parents to AIDS.
With your donations, between 2005 and 2010, our Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign helped:
- decrease the number of children infected with HIV from approximately 500,000 to 370,000 per year
- increase the number of HIV-positive children on life-saving treatment from less than 50,000 to more 350,000
- reduce AIDS-related deaths among children under 15 by 19%
Despite these achievements, so much still needs to be done to protect, treat and support children affected by HIV and AIDS.