Thursday, December 01, 2005

World Aids Day 2005

Today is world AIDS day. Here's some info from an international AIDS charity.
"According to UNAIDS estimates, there are 38 million adults and 2.3 million children living with HIV, and during 2005 some 4.9 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.

Around 95% of people with HIV/AIDS live in developing nations. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.

Started in 1988, World AIDS Day is not just about raising money, but also about increasing awareness, education and fighting prejudice. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done."

Wouldn't it be great if AIDS could be relegated to "Chicken-pox" status... hopefully it will happen in our lifetime.


  1. Erick... Im not sure AIDS getting to Chicken Pox status would be a good Idea.... That means every would get it.

    How about smallpox status? Thats basically gone.

  2. Good call, but hey if you got then it went away after a few days and all you had to do was lay in bed and eat chicken noodle soup... it wouldn't be that bad.

  3. Anonymous12:54 PM

    My friend from high school is in Swaziland, Africa right now with the peace corps trying to help the fight with AIDS. She is there for 2 years. I am sure she would love for AIDS to get to small pox status, but it is hard enough to get people to test. That is what she is focusing on most now.

  4. That's interesting, I'm sure awareness is still a major issue in developing nations... they never had Magic Johnson.

  5. My mom had a couple of graduate students from Kenya who died from AIDs related complications while over here in the states... it was really sad, they had a couple of young kids as well.