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Generally speaking, the DRC has a lower rate of HIV infection than many other African countries, and the country has made progress in reducing the infection rate. In 2018, it was estimated that about 45,000 people, which is less than 1% of the adult population, in the DRC were living with HIV. Between 2010-20, the HIV infection rate dropped from about 31,000/year (in 2010) to 19,000/year (in 2020). Furthermore, there was a 60% drop in the number of AIDS-related deaths, going from about 34,000 deaths/year (in 2010 to about 13,000 deaths/year (2020). In 2018, it was estimated that about 62% of people with HIV in the DRC knew their status, and about 57% of HIV people were on treatment. However, it is important to understand that women are especially at risk for HIV infection in the DRC. The HIV infection rates among young women (ages 15-24) are about 4 times those of young men.<ref name=undaids_drc>[https://www.unaids.org/en/regionscountries/countries/democraticrepublicofthecongo UNAIDS: Democratic Republic of the Congo]</ref>
 
Generally speaking, the DRC has a lower rate of HIV infection than many other African countries, and the country has made progress in reducing the infection rate. In 2018, it was estimated that about 45,000 people, which is less than 1% of the adult population, in the DRC were living with HIV. Between 2010-20, the HIV infection rate dropped from about 31,000/year (in 2010) to 19,000/year (in 2020). Furthermore, there was a 60% drop in the number of AIDS-related deaths, going from about 34,000 deaths/year (in 2010 to about 13,000 deaths/year (2020). In 2018, it was estimated that about 62% of people with HIV in the DRC knew their status, and about 57% of HIV people were on treatment. However, it is important to understand that women are especially at risk for HIV infection in the DRC. The HIV infection rates among young women (ages 15-24) are about 4 times those of young men.<ref name=undaids_drc>[https://www.unaids.org/en/regionscountries/countries/democraticrepublicofthecongo UNAIDS: Democratic Republic of the Congo]</ref>
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Some people access HIV treatment from Postes de distribution communautaire d'ARV, also known as PODIs. In 2015, 2300 people living with HIV received treatment from PODIs in Kinshasa.<ref>https://www.msf.org.za/sites/default/files/publications/dissemination_of_three_novel_approaches_piloted_by_msf_-_copy.pdf</ref>
    
===Testing Facilities===
 
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* Postes de distribution communautaire d'ARV or PODIs: Community ARV distribution points.
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* Postes de distribution communautaire d'ARV or PODIs: Community anti-retroviral (ARV) distribution points.
 
* National des Organisations d’Assise Communautaires (RNOAC): A Congolese network of people living with HIV.
 
* National des Organisations d’Assise Communautaires (RNOAC): A Congolese network of people living with HIV.
  

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