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Saturday, October 02, 2004

HIV in the Arab World

Here is an estimate of the percentage of adults (aged 15-49) living with HIV/AIDS. (Note: the adult prevalence rate is calculated by dividing the estimated number of adults living with HIV/AIDS at yearend by the total adult population at yearend.)

1. Sudan 2.6% (2001 est.)
2. Bahrain 0.3% (2001 est.)
3. Libya 0.2% (2001 est.)
4. United Arab Emirates 0.18% (2001 est.)
5. Kuwait 0.12% (2001 est.)
6. Oman 0.1% (2001 est.)
7. Yemen 0.1% (2001 est.)
8. Algeria 0.1%
9. Morocco 0.1% (2001 est.)
10. Qatar 0.09% (2001 est.)
11. Lebanon 0.09% (2001 est.)
12. Saudi Arabia 0.01% (2001 est.)
13. Syria 0.01% (2001 est.)
14. Iraq less than 0.1% (2001 est.)
15. Jordan less than 0.1% (2001 est.)
16. Egypt less than 0.1% (2001 est.)
17. Tunisia 0.04% (2001 est.)


Compare to Botswana 38.8%, which appears to have the highest percentage.

I'm surprised by these statistics, especially at the rankings of the Gulf states. I also thought Egypt would have had a higher percentage.


Statistics from CIA World Factbook via one of my favorite websites, NationMaster.com

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