Thursday, December 01, 2005

For once, I'm serious

More than 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981.
Africa has 12 million AIDS orphans.
By December 2005 women accounted for 46% of all adults living with HIV worldwide, and for 57% in sub-Saharan Africa.
Young people (15-24 years old) account for half of all new HIV infections worldwide - more than 6,000 become infected with HIV every day.
Of the 6.5 million people in developing and transitional countries who need life-saving AIDS drugs, only 1 million are receiving them.
In the US...
It is thought that more than one million people are living with HIV in the USA and that more than half a million have died after developing AIDS.
At the end of 2004, the CDC estimates that 415,193 people were living with AIDS in the USA
Of these,
35% were white
43% were black
20% were Hispanic
1% were of other race/ethnicity.
Of the adults and adolescents with AIDS,
77% were men.
Of these men,
58% were men who had sex with men (MSM)
21% were injection drug users (IDU)
11% were exposed through heterosexual contact
8% were both MSM and IDU.
Of the 93,566 adult and adolescent women with AIDS,
64% were exposed through heterosexual contact
34% were exposed through injection drug use.
More than half a million people diagnosed with AIDS have died in the USA. Nearly three-quarters of these people did not live to the age of 45.
In 2004, the age group 35-44 years accounted for an estimated 34% of HIV diagnoses, 39% of AIDS diagnoses, and 37% of deaths of people diagnosed with AIDS.
( Taken from http://www.avert.org/ )
December 1, is World AIDS Day.
Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise.
AIDS was never a real disease to me, as ignorant as that sounds.
Other people contract AIDS, I thought, people in third world countries, or people who use dirty needles.
I was wrong.
AIDS is a disease that doesn't discriminate. You can contract AIDS vaginal sex, anal sex and even oral sex.
It's not picky, it's rampant, and it's deadly.
Earlier this year I lost a friend to AIDS, and I didn't have to.
There are ways to prevent contracting the disease.
AIDS isn't picky,
so you should be.
ALWAYS use protection. Get tested.
Testing is anonymous.
Don't wait until you, or a loved one is affected, because, according to the statistics, someone you know already has the HIV virus or has progressed into full blown AIDS.
Its real.
Its here.
do something.