World AIDS Day: Sobering Statistics About a 30-Year Epidemic
Today is the 23rd annual World AIDS Day, a day of commemoration for the more than 25 million people who have died of the disease since 1981.
Below I've compiled some of the many sobering statistics about the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic.
--According to the WHO, there are currently 34 million people living with HIV, 3.4 million of them children.
--Last year 2.7 million people were infected with HIV and 1.8 million died.
--Meanwhile, less than half of HIV-positive pregnant women in developing nations are receiving the most effective treatment regimens (as defined by the WHO) for preventing mother-to-child transmission.
--In the southern U.S., HIV/AIDS remains a "silent epidemic," with the highest death rates in the country.
--In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg has cut funding for HIV/AIDS housing and services by more than $13 million over the past year.
--At the same time, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria will not issue any new grants for at least two years because of "broken pledges by donor governments."