Friday, December 1, 2006

World Aids Day 2006 - Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise

the World Health Organization report the world AIDS epidemic continues to grow, with an estimated 39.5 million people living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS

this means every eight seconds somebody in the world is infected with HIV, resulting in 11,000 people becoming newly infected every day

approximately 4.3 million became newly infected with HIV and 2.9 million died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2006

according to the World AIDS Campaign, sub-Saharan Africa remains the epicenter of the AIDS pandemic, but no country is unaffected, and incidence rates are rising in a number of developed countries

India (5 million people affected - the largest number in any one country - the AIDS epidemic is fastest growing in Asia)

Eastern Europe (many are IV drug users)

USA (about 1 million people affected, 25 % don't know)

AIDS is a 100% preventable

new strategies for overcoming the pandemic of AIDS

2006 slogan: Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise