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In 2006, AHF established a clinic inside the Hospital Rodolfo Robles in Quetzaltenango with the support of the local government and a non-profit (IDEI). The clinic provides ARV treatment to people living with HIV and has increased the care of patients who also have tuberculosis or other pulmonary diseases.
Today, AHF Guatemala operates with medical personal, technical, and administrative personnel, equipment and supplies. It also provides education, training, and medical personnel in 12 of the 16 HIV clinics currently operating in the country.
HIV/AIDS in Guatemala is concentrated in urban areas. 70% of all people living with HIV/AIDS live in Guatemala City and the metropolitan region. Even though the epidemic is concentrated in sex workers and men who have sex with men (MSM), about 75% of HIV transmissions come from heterosexual relations. Guatemala and neighboring countries also experience a high HIV prevalence amongst people with tuberculosis.
In 2016, an estimated 46,000 Guatemalans are living with HIV, out of the 15 million total population. An estimated 2,900 new HIV infections occurred in 2016. Gender prevalence amongst adults (15-49) shows women at .4% compared to men at .6%. Out of the 46,000 Guatemalans living with HIV, approximately 17,000 are on treatment.
Sources: UNAIDS 2016 estimates
Saul Paau Maaz, Lic.,
Country Program Manager 6ta. Avenida 11-43 Zona 1 Edificio Pan Am
6to. Nivel, Oficinas 603, Ciudad Guatemala Office: +(502) 2250-0591
Mobile: +(502) 5351-3706
Clients in AHF Care: 15,079
Clients receiving ART: 14,553
People living with HIV: 46,000*
Adults 15-49 prevalence rate: 0.4%*
Adults 15+ living with HIV: 45,000*
Women 15+ living with HIV: 19,000*
Orphans (0-17) due to AIDS: 45,000*
*Averages, UNAIDS 2019 estimates