for the latest data from UNAIDS
is spreading. AIDS is frightening. AIDS is a global epidemic. These
statistics put things into perspective.
- As of the end of 2002, an
million people worldwide – 38.6 million adults and 3.2
younger than 15 years – were living with HIV/AIDS.
percent of these people (29.4 million) live in Sub-Saharan Africa;
another 17 percent (7.2 million) live in Asia.
- Worldwide, approximately twelve of
1000 adults aged 15 to 49 are HIV-infected. In Sub-Saharan Africa,
about 9 percent of all adults in this age group are HIV-infected. In 4
African countries, the prevalence of HIV infection among adults aged 15
to 49 exceeds 30 percent.
- The number of people in the world
infected by AIDS will double to nearly 90 million by 2010.
- Approximately 50 percent of adults
living with HIV/AIDS worldwide are women.
- An estimated 5 million new HIV
infections occurred worldwide during 2002; that is, about 14,000
infections each day. More than 95 percent of these new infections
occurred in developing countries.
- In 2002, approximately 2,000
under the age of 15 years, and 6,000 young people aged 15 to 24 years
became infected with HIV every day.
- In 2002 alone, HIV/AIDS-associated
illnesses caused the deaths of approximately 3.1 million people
worldwide, including an estimated 610,000 children younger than 15
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