Tuesday, December 1, 2009

World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day. Over here in Germany they have a lot of events to keep this awareness in the minds of the people. Some TV events, people in the city centers collecting money for AIDS victims and research and many other events. It is good to keep the awareness on this and to inform the public about how to prevent and protect.

World health officials say there's some encouraging data on the HIV front — the number of people infected with the virus that causes AIDS seems to be mostly stable except for Africa.

The figure — about 33 million — has remained virtually unchanged for the last two years, according to the 2009 AIDS epidemic update, launched on Tuesday in Shanghai by the World Health Organization and Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The number comes with a margin of error of several million people.

Officials say the global epidemic probably peaked in 1996. Last year, HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 72 percent of all 2.7 million new HIV cases worldwide.

New HIV infections declined 25 percent in East Asia and 10 percent in south and southeast Asia within the same timeframe.

To read more on World AIDS Day: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34125838/ns/health-aids/?GT1=43001

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