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Deadly AIDS numbers rising across the world

Somebody is infected with the HIV Virus every 8 seconds: UN Report

According to latest UN report (2006) HIV infection is rising in every region of the world and mostly in countries like Uganda and Thailand which had been traditionally seen as success stories in the fight against AIDS. Nearly 40 million adults and children are infected worldwide. The most striking increases in new cases are in East Asia and in eastern Europe/Central Asia mainly due to drug use and unsafe sex.

Somebody is infected with the HIV virus 8 seconds equivalent to 11,000 infections worldwide every day while another 8000 infected people die the two agencies UNAIDS and WHO said in a joint annual report “2006 AIDS Epidemic Update”.

Some 4.3 million people across the globe became infected with HIV this year with a heavy concentration among young people bringing the total number to an estimated 39.5 million.

Sub-Saharan Africa recorded 2.8 million new infections still bear the brunt of the brunt of the AIDS with 24.7 million people living with HIV. Of the 2.9 million global deaths from AIDS last year the highest number was recorded -2.1 million occurred in Africa the core area of the 25 year old epidemic.

Uganda is among countries suffering a resurgence of infection rates due to erratic condom use and more men having sex with more than one partner. In Thailand the epidemic is changing acquiring new dimensions.

Global Summary 2006
Total living with HIV/AIDS- 39.5 million
Adults -37.2 million
Women-17.7 million

New Infections-4.3 million
Adults-3.8 million
Children-5, 30,000

AIDS Deaths- 2.9 million
Adults-2.6 million
Children-3, 80,000
Source: UNAIDS

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