Friday, December 01, 2006

World AIDS Day

Here's the facts:


  • Over 22 million people have died from AIDS.

  • Over 42 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, and 74 percent of these infected people live in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Over 19 million women are living with HIV/AIDS.

  • By the year 2010, five countries (Ethiopia, Nigeria, China, India, and Russia) with 40 percent of the world's population will add 50 to 75 million infected people to the worldwide pool of HIV disease.

  • There are 14,000 new infections every day (95 percent in developing countries). HIV/AIDS is a "disease of young people" with half of the 5 million new infections each year occurring among people ages 15 to 24.

  • The UN estimates that, currently, there are 14 million AIDS orphans and that by 2010 there will be 25 million.

United States:

  • An estimated one million people are currently living with HIV in the United States, with approximately 40,000 new infections occurring each year.

  • 70 percent of these new infections occur in men and 30 percent occur in women.

  • By race, 54 percent of the new infections in the United States occur among African Americans, and 64 percent of the new infections in women occur in African American women.

  • 75 percent of the new infections in women are heterosexually transmitted.

  • Half of all new infections in the United States occur in people 25 years of age or younger.

It's not someone else's problem. Protect yourself and your lover - use a condom. Get tested. Educate yourself and your children.

Give to the organization of your choice and join in the battle against this world-wide killer.

Not just today. Every day.

Cross-posted at I See Invisible People

1 comment:

Sharon said...


1 in 4 sexually active teenagers become infected with an STD every year, in the United States alone. Now, more than ever, we need to join together to fight this growing issue. As I read through your website, it is clear that you share the same passion for STD/STI awareness. We here, at, understand the importance of STD/STI prevention and treatments. If you could, please list us as a resource or host our social book mark button, it would be much appreciated. We can not reach every teenager, but together we can try.
If you need more information please email me with the sublect line as your URL.

Thank you,
Sharon Vegoe