HIV/ AIDS. Demographic Household Survey Brochures

No. of pages: 8

Publication date: 22 December 2010

Author: UNFPA

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is one of the most serious health and development challenges facing the world today. Over time, infection with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) weakens the immune system to the point that it has difficulty in fighting off certain infections. AIDS is considered to be the most advanced stages of HIV infection, when people have difficulty in fighting off even minor infections. However, depending on the person’s health status and given proper medical care, people with HIV can live relatively normal and healthy lives, on average, for over 20 years. Although the number of known HIV cases remains low in Egypt, estimated between 7,200 and 13,000 in 2009 by UNAIDS, there is a strong need to educate Egyptians about AIDS in order to prevent future transmission of the virus.