|People living with HIV/AIDS in 2007||33.0 million||30.3-36.1 million|
|Adults living with HIV/AIDS in 2007||30.8 million||28.2-34.0 million|
|Women living with HIV/AIDS in 2007||15.5 million||14.2-16.9 million|
|Children living with HIV/AIDS in 2007||2.0 million||1.9-2.3 million|
|People newly infected with HIV in 2007||2.7 million||2.2-3.2 million|
|Children newly infected with HIV in 2007||0.37 million||0.33-0.41 million|
|AIDS deaths in 2007||2.0 million||1.8-2.3 million|
|Child AIDS deaths in 2007||0.27 million||0.25-0.29 million|
More than 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981.
Africa has 11.6 million AIDS orphans.
At the end of 2007, women accounted for 50% of all adults living with HIV worldwide, and for 59% in sub-Saharan Africa.
Young people (under 25 years old) account for half of all new HIV infections worldwide.
In developing and transitional countries, 9.7 million people are in immediate need of life-saving AIDS drugs; of these, only 2.99 million (31%) are receiving the drugs.
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How can we help stop the Spread of AIDS?
dealing with a kind of contemporary apocalypse.
THOSE words of Stephen Lewis, UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, echo the concern of many about the AIDS situation in sub-Saharan Africa.
Five million people were infected with the AIDS virus in 2003, the largest number in any single year since the epidemic began two decades ago, reports The Wall Street Journal. Despite a huge global push to fight HIV in developing countries, the AIDS virus continues to infect a growing number of people and claim millions of lives each year. According to data published by UNAIDS, an AIDS program sponsored by the United Nations and other groups, about 3 million people die from AIDS each year and more than 20 million have died since the first diagnosis of the disease in 1981. Currently, the UN agency estimates that 38 million people are infected with HIV. Sub-Saharan Africa, with 25 million cases, is the hardest-hit region, followed by South and Southeast Asia with 6.5 million infected. World-wide, nearly half of all new HIV cases are young people aged 15 to 24.
In this age of AIDS, promiscuous sex is unquestionably dangerous. Yet, many youths seem to view sex as little more than a harmless game. Some American youths, for example, blithely speak of hooking upa harmless-sounding euphemism for casual sex. They talk about having a friend with benefitsa sexual partner who makes no emotional demands.
It is a know fact that childern are having orgylike parties, some suburban youths throw while their parents are at work. At one such party, a young girl announced that she was going to have sex with all the boys there. Children as young as 12 were involved in the parties.
Particularly distressing was a report in the newspaper USA Today: Increasing numbers of the countrys youngest teens . . . are having oral sex. . . . Kids have convinced themselves that this is not really sex. According to one survey of 10,000 girls, eighty percent said they are virgins, but 25% had had oral sex. And 27% described that act as something you do with a guy for fun.
Such views on sex have made inroads elsewhere. Asias youth are becoming increasingly susceptible to HIV through heterosexual relationships with many becoming sexually active at a younger age, reports UNESCO, adding: Teenagers are increasingly shirking their parents Asian values by having premarital sex, often with multiple partners.
Without a doubt, todays generation of youths is a deeply troubled one.
been described as a national emergency in South Africa. A
news report in the Citizen newspaper of Johannesburg
stated that it is so rampant that it overtakes
every other health risk posed to this countrys
women and, increasingly, to its children as well.
The same article noted: The rape of children has
doubled in recent times . . . These acts are
committed seemingly in perpetuation in Africa because of
the myth that an HIV carrier who rapes a virgin will be
Sexually transmitted disease (STD). There is a high rate of STDs in the region. The South African Medical Journal noted: The presence of an STD increases the risk of HIV-1 infection 2- to 5-fold.
It is evident that in some countries efforts are being made to deal with the disease. And for the first time, in June 2001 the United Nations General Assembly held a special conference to discuss HIV/AIDS. Will human efforts bring success? When will the deadly march of AIDS finally be halted?
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