- Over 22 million people have died from AIDS.
- Over 42 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, and 74 percent of these infected people live in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Over 19 million women are living with HIV/AIDS.
- By the year 2010, five countries (Ethiopia, Nigeria, China, India, and Russia) with 40 percent of the world's population will add 50 to 75 million infected people to the worldwide pool of HIV disease.
- There are 14,000 new infections every day (95 percent in developing countries). HIV/AIDS is a "disease of young people" with half of the 5 million new infections each year occurring among people ages 15 to 24.
- The UN estimates that, currently, there are 14 million AIDS orphans and that by 2010 there will be 25 million.
- An estimated one million people are currently living with HIV in the United States, with approximately 40,000 new infections occurring each year.
- 70 percent of these new infections occur in men and 30 percent occur in women.
- By race, 54 percent of the new infections in the United States occur among African Americans, and 64 percent of the new infections in women occur in African American women.
- 75 percent of the new infections in women are heterosexually transmitted.
- Half of all new infections in the United States occur in people 25 years of age or younger.
Outside San Francisco, there were no faith-based AIDS agencies until 1986. In those 5 years, 62,000 people had died. The Southern Baptist Convention still does not support any AIDS agencies inside this country - but some in Africa. Rick Warren's Saddleback Church supports AIDS efforts - in Africa.
WASHINGTON, May 23 /2006/U.S. Newswire/ --
As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to debate increasing the U.S. contribution to the Global Fund, they should be aware that the protections they put in the original Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria are not being observed. Instead funding for drug legalization, needle exchange and prostitution are being promoted within the bureaucratic nightmare that is the Global Fund, the Family Research Council (FRC) says.
In other words, "Do things OUR way or no money." The FRC way was (and still is): no condom distribution (in particular to prostitutes), no sex education classes, but abstinence only classes.
Just a thought.