Tuesday, December 01, 2009

World AIDS Day 2009

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Today is World AIDS day.

The number of people in the UK living with HIV has actually trebled in the last 10 years. However, despite more people living with it less people know that someone they know has it, this is because the treatments now available allow people to look healthier with HIV than they did in the 1980s.

Last year of the 7,298 new diagnoses in the UK, 2,760 new diagnoses where amongst men who have sex with men, and 2,790 of the rest were from black or ethnic minorities.

Worldwide the figures are:

  • 33.4 million people living with HIV worldwide
  • 31.3 million adults
  • 15.7 million women
  • 2.1 million children under 15
Today the Guardian features the lives of teenagers living with HIV in Brazil, the Times follows model Erin O'Connor on a trip to Ghana to visit projects by RED, the Telegraph looks at China, where it emerged in 2001 that 30,000 to 50,000 people in Henan were infected by botched blood transfusions.

Read the stories or find out more from the web today. But be aware the number of cases both here in the UK and worldwide is still growing, so be careful.

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