World AIDS Day Today: Pushing Towards Not Having One In The Future

December 1, 2011

Writing about AIDS, or more specifically HIV is not a challenge nor on our wish list. Why do it? Often we just put aside or not think about such issues, maybe because  it does not concern us personally. Most likely it is someone else who suffers, it is a problem concerning other people, other families, other communities. So how about just stating the latest facts and the global impact of this deadly disease:

  • 34 million people living with HIV worldwide
  • 2.7 million people were newly infected with HIV worldwide in 2009
  • 2.7 million people diagnosed with HIV in 2010, 390,000 new HIV infections among children
  • In some parts of the world (particularly within Sub-Saharan Africa) between 15-28% of the population are living with HIV
  • 0.8% HIV adult prevalence worldwide
  • 50% of people living with HIV worldwide are women
  • 1.8 million AIDS-related deaths

These are the facts and stats made public, everyone can easily access online all the information AIDS-related. But the way these stats will impact a person is up to each one of us; every individual decides for himself whether to make a difference or not. Maybe it is the right time for you to make that decision.

Support those who are fighting to raise awareness and beat the deadly virus. IntechOpen and its team does.

Also, for further information about AIDS and HIV browse through IntechOpen's latest free research publications in the field:

Recent Translational Research in HIV/AIDS, edited by Yi-Wei Tang, Nov. 2011

Microbes, Viruses and Parasites in AIDS Process, edited by Vladimír Zajac, Oct. 2011

Social and Psychological Aspects of HIV/AIDS and their Ramifications, edited by Gobopamang Letamo, Oct. 2011

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