Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Happy Aids Day

Happy Aids Day

Woah, how did I almost miss World Aids Day? Well it's a good thing I jumped in here with some fun facts before the day is over so you can get some juice out of Aids day.

Did you know:
  • In Botswana, it is estimated that 22.5 - 24.9% of the population aged 15-49 has HIV/AIDS? If you were in Botswana now, 1 out of every 4 people you meet is dying!
  • Then again, if you want to think like that, 1 out of every 1 persons you meet will be dying... eventually. I mean, we don't live forever or anything.
  • In South Africa, there are somewhere between 230,000 and 320,000 people infected with HIV. Oh wait, no, that's just children (age 0-15). The adult HIV-positive population is between 4,700,000 and 6,200,000!
  • In Mozambique, 81,000 people died from AIDS in 2007! Do you want to know what eighty-thousand people looks like? Here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowboys_Stadium
  • Guess how many countries in Africa have set UN mandated Universal Access Targets for HIV treatment, prevention, care, and support? The answer is... all of them! Except Liberia, Equatorial Guinea (not to be confused with Guinea), Guinea-Bissau (also not to be confused with Guinea), Western Sahara (isn't really a state), and Libya.
  • Now guess how many countries in North America have set UN mandated UATs? The answer is... none of them! Sure, there are only three countries in North America, but one of them is where we live and also happens to be the wealthiest state in the world!
  • Guess what else the US has? That's right, 1,200,000 people living with HIV!
Don't worry folks, as long as you never get tested, You never have to worry about the indiscretions of your past! We can all thank Ronald Reagan for doing nothing during the early years of Aids.

Here's a helpful chart so you can guess which place has the most Aid's outbreaks. It's a sort of paint by numbers.

Happy World AIDS Day everyone!

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