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AIDS-related deaths have dramatically decreased from the 14,000 recorded in 2005.They fell to 3,200 in 2015.3 Botswana is a middle-income country4 which faces a huge challenge in sustaining its impressive HIV response as donors increasingly focus on low income countries.Many donors have reduced or withdrawn their funding in recent years.
Less than half (49.4%) reported receiving HIV related information in the past year.
In 2013, adult women (aged 15-49) had an HIV prevalence rate of 20.8%, compared to 15.6% for men of the same age.18 Around 200,000 women were estimated to be living with HIV in 2016, compared to 150,000 in 2005.19 This means more than half (56%) of those living with HIV are women.20 Gender inequality in Botswana is fuelling the epidemic among females.
Factors such as early sexual debut, forced marriage and gender-based violence (GBV) have increased their vulnerability to HIV.
The impact of its treatment programme has been widespread.
New infections have decreased significantly, from 15,000 in 2005 to 9,100 in 2013, although in recent years they have begun to rise again, with 9,700 reported in 2015.