AIDS and HIV continue to ravage populations around the world: every day, 8,000 lives are taken by this virus. With each death comes equally severe effects - orphaned children left behind (many of whom are also infected with HIV and AIDS), the decimation of working populations of struggling countries, and the economic havoc these deaths breed, including poverty and famine. Here in the US we've made significant strides against HIV and AIDS, but the United Nations estimates that between now and 2020, 68 million people will die in the 45 countries most affected by the disease. That's 68 million mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, and daughters and sons in every corner of the globe.
There is much to do. All around the world, organizations are working to provide urgently needed services to the most affected groups. With education and prevention, treatment and patient support, their outreach slows the spread of the disease and improves the quality of care for those already infected.
You can make a difference in how HIV and AIDS shapes the world in the next two decades. Your donation of money, time, or resources will benefit these organizations and the people they serve. You can also speak out against the disease by writing a letter to your congressional representative or your local media. It's never too late to stop AIDS and HIV now - and to make millions of lives better all around the world.
Worldwide, 25 million people have died of AIDS since the beginning of epidemic, 4.3 million of them were children.
AIDS orphans one child every fourteen seconds.
Experts predict that more people will die of AIDS in the next decade than have died in all the wars of the 20th century.
95% of people with HIV live in the developing world.
Recent figures show that women now account for 47% of all the number of people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide.
More than 2,000 children are infected with HIV each day worldwide according to recent estimates.