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Background information about HIV and Aids

"The global response to children affected by HIV and AIDS does not come close to matching the enormity of their rapidly expanding plight. By 2010 an estimated 18 million children in sub-Saharan Africa alone will be orphaned by the disease. Children living with sick and dying parents remain extremely vulnerable, and an estimated 4 million infected children do not have access to appropriate treatments." UNAids, Feb 9 2006

HIV

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

HIV infects and gradually destroys an infected person's immune system, reducing their protection against infection and cancers.

Initially, someone living with HIV may show no symptoms of HIV infection as their immune system manages to control it. However, in most cases their immune system will need help from anti-HIV drugs to keep the HIV infection under control. These drugs do not completely rid the body of HIV infection.

AIDS

AIDS is short for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

AIDS is not a single disease or condition. Instead, it is a term that describes the point when a personís immune system can no longer cope because of the damage caused by HIV and they start to get one or more specific illnesses.

People do not actually die from AIDS; they die from the cancers, pneumonia or other conditions that may take hold when their immune system has been weakened by HIV.

HIV worldwide

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has estimated that there are up to 40 million people living with HIV in the world. Seventy percent of them live in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the three worst affected countries - Botswana, Swaziland and Zimbabwe - about one in three people is living with the virus. In comparison, there is no country outside Africa where more than one in 20 people is living with the virus.

However, although Africa continues to be the worst-affected region, many of the countries with the highest rates of growth are outside Africa. These include India, China, Russia and most of the other former Soviet states.

 

The UNAIDS website has much more information about HIV and about the global fight against the epidemic including fast facts about aids.

 

Worldwide, 5 children will become infected every mile I cycle at 15 miles an hour.

24 people will die every mile of my 1000 mile journey.

About 1 person an hour becomes infected in the UK

Worldwide, 37 people will become infected every mile I cycle at 15 miles an hour.

Voices of hope: stories from communities affected by HIV and AIDS

The World Health Organisation - WHO, in collaboration with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Christian Aid, presents photo stories of people living with HIV and AIDS in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

These are the real faces of an epidemic that has infected 40.3 million people. More than 40% are women and 2.3 million are children.

 

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