World AIDS Day: These Numbers Don't Lie

December 1 is World AIDS Day and even though AIDS is perhaps not as terrifying as it was back in the early 1990s, it's still a very present reality for millions of people throughout the world.

World AIDS Day started on December 1, 1988 and is meant to raise awareness and funds while keeping the fight against AIDS strong, fighting prejudice, and improving education about AIDS. 

The vast majority of those with HIV and AIDS live in lower- and middle-income countries. But HIV and AIDS are threats to all of us all over the world. 

Here are some relevant numbers to consider as you go through your day:


33,000,000: People living with AIDS in the world.

30 and 44: About half the people living with AIDS are between these ages.

15: Age under which there are 2,000,000 children living with AIDS.

50: Percent of AIDS orphans who between the ages of 10 and 14 living worldwide.

1,100,000: People living in the US with AIDS.

3,992: Estimated number of children living in the US with AIDS in 2007.

30: Years since AIDS was first recognized as a disease in the U.S.

60,000,000: People who have been infected since 1981.

36: Number of celebrities who have died of AIDS.

22,810: Number of men who got AIDS via homosexual sex in 2008. 

1,000,000,000+: The amount of passion Bono, U2 front man, has for this cause. 

4,677: Number of men who got AIDS via heterosexual contact in 2008.

13: The number of cities turning red today to raise awareness.

0: Hours of time 1,000 African babies per day have lived without HIV, according to UNICEF.

5: The amount of cents that Starbucks will contribute to the Global Fund for every handcrafted drink bought in their North American stores today.   

8,963: Number of women who got AIDS via heterosexual contact in 2008.

18: Age of Ryan White, a young hemophiliac, who died of AIDS in 1990 after becoming infected through a blood transfusion.

5,200,000: People taking AIDS drugs throughout the World in 2009.

10,000,000,000: Dollars short of the $26.8 billion needed worldwide for HIV services.

1: Number of condoms you should wear with a partner.


(Note: All numbers from and UNAIDS) 


Image via World AIDS Day

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