Overview

In Cameroon in 2018:

  • 540 000 people were living with HIV.
  • HIV incidence per 1000 uninfected—the number of new HIV infections among the uninfected population over one year—among all people of all ages was 1.02.
  • HIV prevalence—the percentage of people living with HIV—among adults (15–49 years) was 3.6%.
  • 23 000 people were newly infected with HIV.
  • 18 000 people died from an AIDS-related illness.

There has been progress in the number of AIDS-related deaths since 2010, with a 19% decrease, from 22 000 deaths to 18 000 deaths. The number of new HIV infections has also decreased, from 36 000 to 23 000 in the same period.

811彩票开户The 90–90–90 targets envision that, by 2020, 90% of people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status will be accessing treatment and 90% of people on treatment will have suppressed viral loads. In terms of all people living with HIV, reaching the 90–90–90 targets means that 81% of all people living with HIV are on treatment and 73% of all people living with HIV are virally suppressed. In 2018 in Cameroon:

  • 74% of people living with HIV knew their status.
  • 52% of people living with HIV were on treatment.

811彩票开户Of all adults aged 15 years and over living with HIV, 55% were on treatment, while only 24% of children aged 0–14 years living with HIV were on treatment.

Eighty per cent of pregnant women living with HIV accessed antiretroviral medicine to prevent transmission of the virus to their baby, preventing 4200 new HIV infections among newborns. Early infant diagnosis―the percentage of HIV-exposed infants tested for HIV before eight weeks of age―stood at 61% in 2018.

Women are disproportionally affected by HIV in Cameroon: of the 490 000 adults living with HIV, 330 000 (67.35%) were women. New HIV infections among young women aged 15–24 years were more than double those among young men: 5400 new infections among young women, compared to 2000 among young men. HIV treatment was higher among women than men, however, with 59% of adult women living with HIV on treatment, compared to 47% of adult men.

Same-sex sexual relations are illegal in Cameroon.

Only 34.76% of young women and young men 15–24 years old correctly identified ways of preventing the sexual transmission of HIV.

In 2017, the percentage of people living with HIV and tuberculosis who were being treated for both diseases was 50.7%, up from 39.5% in 2015.


Read more
Data
Stories
9 October 2019
Investing in communities to make a difference in western and central Africa
Read more
2 August 2019
The right to disclose your own status
Read more
22 July 2018
Read more
31 May 2017
Accelerating the AIDS response in western and central Africa
Read more
21 October 2015
UNAIDS mourns death of Cameroonian human rights and HIV activist Joel Nana
Read more
4 June 2015
First Lady of Cameroon honoured for her work on HIV
Read more
Contact

countries_cameroon_contact

Name: 
Savina Claudia AMMASSARI
Role: 
UNAIDS Country Director