World AIDS Day 2005

world aids dayToday is World AIDS Day. The disease statistics are staggering. Here’s an overview from One.org:

“World AIDS Day is a yearly, global event started in January 1988 to promote awareness and action in the fight against HIV/AIDS. According to UNAIDS estimates, there were 37.2 million adults and 2.2 million children worldwide living with HIV at the end of 2004. During the year 4.9 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35. Around 95% of people with HIV/AIDS live in developing nations. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world. In Africa alone, more than 17 million people have died from AIDS and another 25 million are infected with the HIV virus, approximately 1.9 million of whom are children. Every day in Africa, HIV/AIDS kills 6,300 people. 8,500 people are infected with the HIV virus and 1,400 newborn babies are infected during childbirth.”

Sub-Saharan African nations are particularly hard hit by the disease, with the prevalence of the disease approaching 40% of the population in some of these countries. Here is a map that demonstrates the impact of AIDS across the African continent. Please take the time to educate yourself about the disease, its impact on individuals around the world, and consider how you can help combat its spread.  Thanks!  Now back to regular programming…

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