It’s World AIDS Day, Know The Facts

Today is December 1st, making it World Aids Day – a time to focus on AIDS awareness, education and prevention. With South Africa having the highest AIDS rate in the world, and AIDS statistics for the Black community in the United States expanding at an alarming rate, it’s no secret that the deadly disease is people of color around the globe, and killing the unaware or uninformed. Arm yourself with the facts, and be as serious when it comes to protection as we are when it comes to sample sales. Carry your own protection, get tested regularly and until you and your partner both know your status—practice safe sex. If he/she loves you, it’s no sweat. One night isn’t worth your life ladies, know the facts:

– Sub-Saharan Africa is more heavily affected by HIV and AIDS than any other region of the world. An estimated 22.5 million people are living with HIV in the region – around two thirds of the global total. In 2009 around 1.3 million people died from AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and 1.8 million people became infected with HIV. Since the beginning of the epidemic 14.8 million children have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS.

– An estimated 5.6 million people were living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa in 2009, more than in any other country.

– The disempowerment of South African women – revealed by such high levels of rape and domestic abuse – is a factor in the country’s HIV epidemic. Women who are unable to negotiate safer sex and the use of condoms will inevitably be at a greater risk of HIV. Research has found that women who have been physically and sexually assaulted by their partners, as well as those who are in relationships with men who have a greater degree of control over them, are at a higher risk of HIV infection.

– The UK AIDS statistics show that at the end of 2008 there were an estimated 83,000 people living with HIV in the UK, of whom approximately 22,400 were unaware of their infection.

– Africans in the UK are affected by HIV and AIDS to a far greater extent than other broadly defined ethnic groups. Between 1995 and 2008, people of black African ethnicity accounted for 42% of the UK’s total HIV diagnoses, of which the overwhelming majority were attributed to heterosexual sex.

– Since the beginning of the HIV and AIDS epidemic well over half a million people have died of AIDS in America1 – the equivalent of the entire population of Las Vegas. There are currently more than one million people living with HIV and AIDS in America2 and around a fifth of these are unaware of their infection,3 posing a high risk of onward transmission

– African Americans are disproportionately affected by the AIDS epidemic. To date, black Americans account for 51% of AIDS related deaths.

– To date, over 230,000 African Americans have died of AIDS – nearly 40% of total deaths – and of the more than 1 million people living with HIV in the United States of America today, around half are black.1 And yet, as a racial group, African Americans represent just 12% of the US population.

– Black women are hugely, and disproportionately, affected by AIDS, with the most likely transmission route being heterosexual sex. 85 percent of African American women living with HIV were infected this way and account for nearly half of the country’s entire female epidemic. Of black men living with HIV, 22 percent were infected through heterosexual contact; more than two-thirds of all men infected in this way.

– Hispanics/Latinos are also disproportionately affected by the AIDS epidemic in America. It is estimated that 1 in every 52 Hispanics/Latinos will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.

Above research courtesy of Avert.

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