World AIDS Day 2007

A by the numbers look at HIV and AIDS shows that hard work over recent years has brought good news, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

Since Last Year

33.2 million: The number of people worldwide living with HIV in 2007.

2.5 million: The number of children under 15 living with HIV in 2007.

11.4 million: Number of children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa due to AIDS.

2.5 million: The number of people newly infected with HIV in 2007.

2.1 million: The number of people who died from AIDS in 2007.

Since Yesterday

6,800: The number of people infected with HIV each day.

5,700: The number of people who die from AIDS each day.

The Good News

16 percent: The reduction in estimates of people living with HIV worldwide since 2006. Seventy percent of this decrease is due to changes in Angola, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe. There is evidence that Kenya and Zimbabwe have made significant gains in diminishing risky behaviors that cause HIV infection. Other reductions are due to recent revisions in estimates.

1.7 million: The number of people who became infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa in 2007, down from 2.2 million new people in 2001.

5.0 percent: The percentage of the population in sub-Saharan Africa infected with HIV in 2007, down from 5.8 percent in 2001.

World AIDS Day, celebrated tomorrow, is a time to honor the many citizens, activists, scientists, medical professionals, NGOs, and others around the world who are fighting against this terrible disease.

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