Friday, December 01, 2006
World AIDS Day - December 1st
The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to grow. Some 40 million people, their families, and their communities, are now living with HIV. Effectively tackling this epidemic remains one of the world's most pressing public health challenges.
This means every eight seconds somebody in the world is infected with HIV, resulting in 11,000 people becoming newly infected every day
Approximately 4.3 million became newly infected with HIV and 2.9 million died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2006
According to the World AIDS Campaign, sub-Saharan Africa remains the epicenter of the AIDS pandemic, but no country is unaffected, and incidence rates are rising in a number of developed countries
*India (5 million people affected - the largest number in any one country - the AIDS epidemic is fastest growing in Asia)
*Eastern Europe (many are IV drug users)
*USA (about 1 million people affected, 25 % don't know)
AIDs is 100% preventable.