Monday, 1 December 2008

Our Plague, 20 Years On ....

Today is the 20th anniversary of World Aids Day.

Since then, a lot has been learned about the disease but we've only been able to better manage it in some cases. The 'cure' remains elusive.

According to
UNAIDS, in 2007:

- There were 33 million people living with HIV (30.8 million adults, 15.5 million women, 2.0 million children under 15).

- There were 2.7 million new HIV cases in 2007 (2.3 million adults, 370,000 children under 15).

- There were 2.0 million HIV-related deaths in 2007.

It's NOT a gay disease, a male disease or an African disease. it's a global disease. In Canada the number of people with HIV is about 2,500 with women and aboriginal populations recording the most new cases. In Manitoba there are a number of places that offer testing.

To see just how far the world has come, check out these items from the CBC Archives.

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