Where in the world is HIV?
Who’s hit hardest, and why it matters to us all …
HIV, a Worldwide Epidemic
When it comes to HIV, we’re all in this together— check out the map to see why. People in every area of the globe are affected. No country is safely beyond HIV’s grasp. In the US alone, there are 1.3 million known cases of HIV infection. Think that’s a lot? Africa has 31 million. But remember, it’s more than just facts and figures. Every number is a person. Think of a loved one: a friend, a parent, a neighbor. Imagine if they had HIV. Now multiply that one person by 65 million.
That is the world.
Without a vaccine, without your help, this number grows bigger every day.
A Global Crisis Hits Home
With more than 65 million people already infected by HIV, AIDS continues to spread and invoke economic and social damage to countries throughout the world. [Jay A. Levy, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 28, 2005]A young person between the ages of 15 and 24 becomes infected with HIV every 14 seconds, equivalent to about 6,000 new cases every day. [Daily HIV/AIDS Report, Oct 2004]
In the US, there are an estimated 40,000 new HIV infections every year. [World Health Organization]
In Monroe County (including the city of Rochester, NY), almost 60% of new HIV infections are heterosexually transmitted. Approximately 29% of new infections are among women, and approx. 31% are among men who have sex with men. 70% of the women reporting with new HIV infections in this area are African American or Hispanic. While it is true there are many more persons who may have the virus but have not yet been tested for HIV, it is estimated there are more than 3,000 persons currently in treatment for HIV disease in this area. [Rochester Area Task Force on AIDS, Inc., 2004]