Hiv / Aids : The Most Critical Epidemic

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When it comes to HIV/AIDS, it is still today regarded as the most critical epidemic that affects a significant number of people in the world’s population. HIV statistics for the end of 2013 indicate that around 35 million people are currently living with HIV worldwide, 38 percent less than in 2001. In the same year, around 2.1 million people became infected with HIV and 1.5 million died of AIDS-related illnesses. HIV and AIDS are found in all parts of the world, however some areas are more affected than others (“Global HIV & AIDS Epidemic,” 2014).

Currently, there are 1.3 million people are living with HIV in the United States of America, with a fifth unaware of their status. Since the epidemic began, an estimated 1,155,792 people in the USA have been diagnosed with AIDS. In 2011 there were an estimated 23.5 million people living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. 1 This has increased since 2009, when an estimated 22.5 million people were living with HIV, including 2.3 million children. It is estimated that among 18 reporting countries in the Latin American region there were approximately 1.4 million people living with HIV and AIDS at the end of 2011. Of these, an estimated 83,000 were newly infected during 2011 and an estimated 60,000 people died of AIDS. Although much of India has a low rate of infection, certain places have been more affected than others. HIV epidemics are more severe in the southern half of the country and the far northeast. The highest estimated adult…

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