Since the first case of AIDS was identified in 1981, the HIV pandemic has been causing tremendous suffering and spreading at an alarming rate. According to the UNAIDS, there were 36.7 million people living with HIV in 2015, and about 2.1 million were new cases.
14-year-old Vichet looks healthy that no one would have guessed that he is HIV-positive. His parents and his younger brother all died of AIDS and related causes. He now lives with his grandmother.
When Vichet was five, his mother passed away, "I only realised that my mother died of AIDS when my father once whispered to me saying it would be shameful if other people know about our situation." When Vichet was eight, his younger brother died and his father also passed away three years later.
Everyday life is a struggle to Vichet. Although Vichet and his grandmother would weave some reedy mat and flowers for sale, they are not making enough money to buy food. "We have to eat porridge almost every day since there is not enough rice."
|(Source: UNAIDS, 2016)|
Total number of people living with HIV (up to 2015) around
People newly infected with HIV (2015)
|Total||around 2.1 million|
|Adult||around 1.9 million|
|Children under 15||around 150,000|
AIDS death (2015)
|Total||around 1.1 million|
Children Orphaned* by AIDS (up to 2014)
around 13.3 million
and Children Living with HIV
|Region||People Living with HIV (2015)|
|Asia and the Pacific||5.1 million|
|Eastern Europe & Central Asia||1.5 million|
Latin America and the Caribbean
|Eastern and southern Africa||19 million|
|North Africa & Middle East||230,000|
|Western and central Africa Africa||6.5 million|
|Western & Central Europe and North America||2.4 million|