World AIDS Day is December 1, 2014. This year’s theme is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.”

The statistics below, gathered from UNAIDS, point to why it’s important to focus on HIV/AIDS in the context of global health:

In 2012:

– 2.3 million people were newly infected with HIV worldwide
– In some parts of the world (particularly within Sub-Saharan Africa) between 15-28% of the population are living with HIV
– 35.3 million people are currently living with HIV worldwide
– 47% of people living with HIV worldwide are women
– 1.6 million AIDS-related deaths

Here in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that:

– More than 1.1 million people are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 6 (15.8%) are unaware of their infection
– Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM), particularly young black/African American MSM, are most seriously affected by HIV
– By race, blacks/African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV

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