Today is World AIDS day

Support World AIDS DayFrom the World AIDS day website

World AIDS Day is about getting involved so that everyone can make a difference in the global fight against HIV and AIDS. This year, NAT is using World AIDS Day to encourage people to get wearing and show their support by wearing the Red Ribbon, reminding us all that HIV is an issue for everyone. We want your help to encourage the British public to Wise up and Wear it.

World AIDS Day is now in its 18th year. The first international health day was initiated following a unique summit of health ministers who met in London in January 1988. They realised that a united global effort was required to halt the spread of HIV and AIDS. The first theme was ‘Join the Worldwide Effort’.

On the news the other day I saw some statistics that I had not heard of before, so I thought I’d google for the rest of you in case you weren’t aware.

First some stats from the CDC website from data collected in 2003.

At the end of 2003, an estimated 1,039,000 to 1,185,000 persons in the United States were living with HIV/AIDS, with 24-27% undiagnosed and unaware of their HIV infection.

In 2003, the estimated number of diagnoses of AIDS in the United States was 43,171. Adult and adolescent AIDS cases totaled 43,112 with 31,614 cases in males and 11,498 cases in females. Also in 2003, there were 59 AIDS cases estimated in children under age 13.
The cumulative estimated number of diagnoses of AIDS through 2003 in the United States is 929,985. Adult and adolescent AIDS cases total 920,566 with 749,887 cases in males and 170,679 cases in females. Through the same time period, 9,419 AIDS cases were estimated in children under age 13.

From the CDC about African American Women and AIDS:

# According to the 2000 Census, African Americans make up 12.3% of the US population. However, they have accounted for 368,169 (40%) of the 929,985 estimated AIDS cases diagnosed since the epidemic began.

# By the end of December 2003, an estimated 195,891 African Americans with AIDS had died.

# Of persons given a diagnosis of AIDS since 1995, a smaller proportion of African Americans (60%) were alive after 9 years compared with American Indians and Alaska Natives (64%), Hispanics (68%), whites (70%), and Asians and Pacific Islanders (77%).

# During 2000

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