December 1, 2003 - Monday
As the holiday season ramps up
Today is World AIDS Day.
According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, as of the end of 2002, the following trends of the worldwide epidemic (or pandemic) of HIV are evident:
- Today, 42 million people are estimated to be living with HIV/ AIDS. Of these, 38.6 million are adults. 19.2 million are women, and 3.2 million are children under 15.
- An estimated 5 million people acquired the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in 2002, including 2 million women and 800,000 children under 15. During 2002, AIDS caused the deaths of an estimated 3.1 million people, including 1.2 million women and 610,000 children under 15.
- Women are becoming increasingly affected by HIV. Approximately 50%, or 19.2 million, of the 38.6 million adults living with HIV or AIDS worldwide are women.
A perspective: HIV/AIDS killed more than 3 million people in 2003—over 8200 people every day. The September 11 World Trade Center terrorist attack in New York City killed 2,819. Each, tragic.
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