HIV/AIDS facts paint tragic picture

Posted: Tuesday, August 07, 2001

According to information proviStaff report

Pallotta TeamWorks Aids Vaccine Rides organizers have provided the following statistics regarding HIV/AIDS:

HIV Infection Rates

It is estimated there are 34 million people infected with HIV today.

Children under the age of 15 account for approximately 28 percent of those infected.

More than half of all people living with HIV were infected under the age of 25.

In 1997 alone, more than 5.8 million people became infected with HIV, or 16 million each day.

11 people every minute become HIV positive.

AIDS death rates

It is estimated there will be 3.5 million AIDS-related deaths this year.

9,589 people will die each day.

400 people will die every hour.

Seven people will die every minute.

Every 11 seconds, one person dies with AIDS.

Since AIDS was first diagnosed in 1981, nearly 14 million people have died.

More than 8.2 million children around the world have lost their mothers to AIDS. Many of those had lost their fathers, as well. In 1997 alone, nearly 1.6 million children were orphaned by AIDS -- more than 90 percent of those orphans live in sub-Sahara Africa.

22 million of the 33.4 million people currently living with HIV/AIDS are in sub-Sahara Africa.

HIV/AIDS is one of the six diseases accounting for 90 percent of all infectious disease deaths worldwide. Tuberculosis (TB) kills 1.5 million people a year, malaria kills one million people a year and measles kills 900,000 each year. It is unknown how many deaths occur each year from pneumonia and acute respiratory infections, while diarrhea diseases such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid fever and rotavirus claim nearly 2 million lives a year among children under 5 worldwide.

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