Tuesday, December 1, 2009

World Aids Day 2009

Global HIV/AIDS estimates (end of 2008)

The latest statistics of the global HIV and AIDS were published by UNAIDS in November 2009, and refer to the end of 2008.

People living with HIV/AIDS in 2008 33.4 million

Adults living with HIV/AIDS in 2008 31.3 million

Women living with HIV/AIDS in 2008 15.7 million

Children living with HIV/AIDS in 2008 2.1 million

People newly infected with HIV in 2008 2.7 million

Children newly infected with HIV in 2008 0.43 million

AIDS deaths in 2008 2.0 million

Child AIDS deaths in 2008 0.28 million

More than 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981.

Africa has over 14 million AIDS orphans.

At the end of 2008, women accounted for 50% of all adults living with HIV worldwide.

In developing and transitional countries, 9.5 million people are in immediate need of life-saving AIDS drugs; of these, only 4 million (42%) are receiving the drugs.

The number of people living with HIV has risen from around 8 million in 1990 to 33 million today, and is still growing. Around 67% of people living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa.

During 2008 more than two and a half million adults and children became infected with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), the virus that causes AIDS. By the end of the year, an estimated 33.4 million people worldwide were living with HIV/AIDS. The year also saw two million deaths from AIDS, despite recent improvements in access to antiretroviral treatment.

(Statistics from AVERT.ORG)


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Misster Kitty said...

We all acknowledge it in a different way.


i usually write something about this, but i found the sheer numbers simply staggering. and the iniquities in the access to those drugs...and the prevailing mentality that they're "miracle drugs", which they're not. or even the "other" mentality, shared by someone a while back: "if he doesn't protect himself, it's not MY problem!!"
human nature...