Some Statistics To Remember On World AIDS DayDecember 1, 2021 2:53 pm
The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated December 1st each and every year as World AIDS Day as a way to remind the world that this is an on-going disease that while it has eased in the developed world it still very much ravages third world countries.
World AIDS Day is an opportunity to remember those who have battled AIDS for a long time and have succumbed to the disease as well as those who have fought valiantly and won. It is also an important day to remember that the struggle continues throughout the world and these numbers tell just part of the story.
- There is an estimated 37,700,000 people currently living in the world with HIV
- Nearly 700,000 people died from HIV related illnesses in 2020
- 1.5 million people were reported to have been newly infected by HIV in 2020
- 73% of people living with HIV receive lifelong antiretroviral therapy in 2020
This last number is such an important one that points to the fact that nearly 3/4 of the world’s population that is infected with HIV is actually still living with the disease. Living with the disease is an important phrase because it was once not possible to live with HIV, but through the hard work of infectious disease experts and scientists these life saving treatments are a reality for much of the world.
The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day is “End inequalities. End AIDS” which is pointing to the fact that while much of the developed world has figured out how to control, in many ways, this infectious disease, those in third world nations are very much still living with the threat from this disease and new infections continue to pile up each and every year.
To learn more about the WHO’s efforts and what you can do to help, click here.