World AIDS Day

Tomorrow is World AIDS Day, a day to raise awareness about AIDS.

Here are some global facts for y’all:

  1. 45% of all new HIV infections are in people ages 15 to 24
  2. HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for women ages 15-44
  3. Almost 3,500 people ages 15 to 24 are infected with HIV everyday.
  4. In sub-Saharan Africa the epidemic has orphaned more than 14 million children.
  5. 1/3 of people infected with HIV are also infected with Tuberculosis.
  6. Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death for people with HIV, although TB is largely treatable and preventable.
  7. In 2008 it was estimated that 15.6 billion US Dollars are available from all sources for HIV.
  8. UNAIDS estimates that 25 billion US Dollars will be needed for HIV services in 2010.

Some good news:

  1. An 8 year trend shows new HIV infections are down 17%

In light of it being World AIDS Day today, a small group of students (I will be there as well as Dashaway and others) at Marquette University will be handing out free condoms as well as a sheet containing facts about AIDS and HIV at 10:50 outside of the library. Come and show your support!

*The hand-outs are in no way affiliated with or condoned by Marquette University.


3 Responses

  1. Just a quick correction on your intro – HIV is the virus, AIDS is the condition the virus could potentially develop into.

  2. Good luck with handing out the condoms and fact sheets!

    HIV can eventually cause AIDS. HIV itself does not develop into AIDS. The virus kills immune cells which in turn leads the person to develop AIDS, possibly.

  3. My bad, and duly noted. AIDS is a syndrome and HIV is a virus.

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