The latest news about Aids is very disturbing, this truly is a global epidemic.
Rather than give drug users needles and sex workers condoms, people who actively encourage the spread of the disease should cease and desist from their destructive behavior.
It is not the fault of children who aquire the disease through the mother. Unfortuantely, children with AIDS are being abandoned, neglected and dumped in the street.
People who work in the sex industry are responsible for their own demise, and that of others if they do not stop their trade. People who take drugs must make a habitual effort to break free of the addiction, or else face their demise.
Governments should not be giving druggies needles, which only encourages the behavior even more.
Just think, if people who engage in high risk activities made an effort to stop them, the epidemic could be halted.
Time is too late for those that have the disease, but it's not too late if people change their behavior.
The number of adults and children living with HIV reached 40.3 million in 2005, the highest level ever.
Following are some key facts and figures about the disease:
- A total of 3.1 million people died in 2005; 570,000 of them were children.
- Nearly 5 million people were newly infected with the virus in 2005.
- The number of people living with HIV has increased in all but one region in the past two years. In the Caribbean, the second-most affected region in the world, HIV prevalence overall showed no change in 2005, compared with 2003.
- Sub-Saharan Africa remains hardest hit. The region has just over 10 percent of the world’s population, but more than 60 percent of its people have HIV. A total of 25.8 million people live with HIV, almost one million more than in 2003.
- An estimated 2.4 million people died of HIV-related illnesses in 2005 in Sub-Saharan Africa, while a further 3.2 million became infected with HIV.
- South Africa’s epidemic, one of the largest in the world, shows no sign of relenting.
- In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the number of people living with HIV increased by one quarter to 1.6 million since 2003, and the number of AIDS deaths almost doubled to 62,000 in the same period.