Although HIV prevalence in West and Central Africa is relatively low compared to East and Southern Africa, many of these countries struggle to provide antiretroviral treatment, meaning that only 41% of adults and 26% of children were accessing treatment in 2017.
Nigeria has the second largest HIV epidemic in the world, with 3.1 million people living with HIV in 2017. However, the country's large population means that this equates to a low prevalence compared to some East and Southern African countries, of 2.8% in adults.
Although West and Central Africa’s HIV epidemic is generalised, meaning it affects the population as a whole, HIV prevalence among sex workers, people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men is significantly higher than prevalence among the general population.
In this instalment of Talking HIV, Chifundo and Tiyamike, women from Malawi, talk about their experiences of being pregnant and living with HIV. They share tips on how to look after your health and talk about the way that their diagnoses affected their relationships.