24 September 2009

Aids/HIV by numbers

With news of a potential HIV vaccine being developed, it's interesting to see the devestation that HIV/AIDS causes.

The HIV virus which leads to Aids originally transferred to humans from chimpanzees from West Africa to become one of the biggest killers of modern times.

Every day, 6,000 people under the age of 25 are newly infected with HIV/AIDS.
Every hour, 40 children die of AIDS.

Globally, 33 million adults and children are living with HIV/AIDS.

An estimated 77,400 people were living with HIV in the UK at the end of 2007, of whom more than a quarter (28 per cent) were unaware of their infection.

There have been 25,171 diagnoses of AIDS in the UK to date.

At least 18,560 people diagnosed with HIV in the UK have died, and at least 80 per cent of those deaths followed an AIDS diagnosis.

A total of 2.1 million deaths were due to HIV/AIDS in 2007, including 330,000 children.

Over three-quarters of those deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa.

Only 31 per cent of people in need of Antiretroviral treatment in low and middle-income countries currently have access to it.

Only 33 per cent of HIV-positive pregnant women have access to the treatment they need to prevent transmission of the disease to their newborn children.

Source: Telegraph

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