A new United Nations report says the spread of HIV and AIDS is advancing alarmingly among women.
The report, released Tuesday, said nearly half of the 39.4 million people infected with HIV worldwide are women, up from 41 percent in 1998. East Asia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia saw the sharpest increase in the number of HIV-infected women in the past two years.
The report also noted that overall HIV infections rose 50% in East Asia in the past two years, largely because of growing epidemics in China, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Southern Africa remains the worst-hit region, with as many as 25% of adults infected, while AIDS is the leading cause of death in the Caribbean among adults aged 15 to 44.
Information for this report is provided by AFP.