Aids World Statistics

 

 
 
AIDS World Statistics  

The word AIDS denotes a medical condition that could send a tremor through any individual’s body. AIDS, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is one of the deadliest diseases in the medical history of mankind. The fatal disease is known to be caused by HIV or the human immunodeficiency virus.

As per the records furnished by the UNAIDS 2008, approximately 30.8 million adults and 2 million children are known to be infected with HIV till the end of the year 2007.

The mortality rate linked to AIDS touched the pinnacle during 2005. Thereafter, the antiretroviral therapy, or ARV, has considerably aided in controlling the situation marginally. However, despite all medical efforts and social awareness, around 2.7 million people were detected with HIV solely in 2007, out of which 370,000 were children with the maximum age of 14. Approximately 2 million deaths from AIDS were also reported in the same year.

The world statistics of AIDS highlight that about 11 percent of the HIV carriers are infants, who have been transmitted the virus from their mothers. Ten percent of those affected are drug users, another 5 to10 percent are homosexuals, and about 5 to 10 percent represent cases of negligence in health centers. Copulation between the male and female gender accounts for about two-thirds of the fresh infections. Almost 50 percent of the population infected with HIV is less than 25 years of age. Young deaths leave behind a huge percentage of orphans. At the dawn of 2007, the virulent disease had left behind 15 million orphans.

Owing to the ARV therapy, which increases the life span of HIV infected individuals, the cumulative number of HIV carriers is on the high, especially in developed countries.  This medical respite ends up having a negative implication in terms of increasing the pool of HIV infected people, who have the potential to transmit the virus to others. Records reveal that North America has 1.2 million HIV carriers, while Western and Central Europe has about 730,000 carriers.

As against this proportion, the scenario in developing and transitional countries is extremely grim. These countries are reported to have about 9.7 million people, who are in dire need of life saving AIDS drugs. Unfortunately, out of this percentage, only 2.99 million are obtaining the treatment. Sub-Saharan Africa projects the gravest picture with around 67 percent of people infected with HIV.

Since 1981, AIDS has engulfed more than 25 million people. Statistics show that from 8 million in 1990, those infected with the lethal disease have risen to 33 million today.

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