150 Basic AIDS Facts
  1. You can not tell by the way someone looks if they have HIV or AIDS.
  2. Abstinence is the best prevention to contracting and spreading HIV/AIDS.
  3. North America: 1 in 4 new HIV infections occur in people between the ages of 13 and 20.
  4. HIV and AIDS killed more than 3,000,000 last year, and every year, it kills more than the previous year.
  5. AIDS and HIV infection takes 8,200 lives per day.
  6. A HIV+ individual can infect another HIV+ with another strain of HIV or many other diseases.
  7. HIV Can Survive up to 6 Weeks in Syringes (air kills the virus, but trapped inside a syringe, it may not get exposed to air) used by Intravenous Drug Users or possible bio hazard waste material from a medical establishment.
  8. A drop of infected blood exposed to the natural air we breathe, will kill HIV within 45 seconds.
  9. There is no known cure for HIV or AIDS.
  10. There is no known vaccine for HIV or AIDS.
  11. HIV/AIDS is likely to surpass the Black Death (bubonic plague caused by a bacterium carried by rats, spread by flea bites) as the worst pandemic ever within the next 10 years.
  12. Over 75% of the worlds infected people do not know they have HIV or AIDS.
  13. The two most common opportunistic infections are Pneumocystic Pneumonia PCP and Kaposi's Sarcoma.
  14. HIV is a virus that cripples the immune system of the human body allowing opportunistic infections to take place - a mild illness can become more serious or an infected person may develop an illness that is usually rare.
  15. There are some 15 antiretroviral agents available for the treatment of HIV/AIDS.
  16. Drug resistance is also a problem.
  17. Medication side effects can have a significant negative impact on quality of life.
  18. Medications only slow the multiplication of the HIV virus and delays onset of AIDS.
  19. 30-40% of HIV patients on combination antiretroviral therapies develop resistance.
  20. AIDS can be thought of as the most severe form of HIV disease.
  21. CD4 count 200 is considered full blown AIDS status.
  22. 20,000 Canadians are infected with HIV but don't know it.
  23. 35,000 Americans are infected with HIV but don't know it!
  24. 1,000,000 Americans are infected with HIV/AIDS.
  25. About 1 in every 300 Americans is HIV positive.
  26. Heterosexual intercourse is the fastest-growing mode of HIV transmission in North America and the dominant mode of HIV transmission worldwide.
  27. Combination antiretroviral therapies cost upwards of $15,000 per patient per year in the United States.
  28. Some countries still do not screen for HIV/AIDS and tainted blood is used for surgeries and infected organ transplants are used.
  29. Every hour, two young Americans between ages 13 and 24 are infected with HIV.
  30. In the USA, Afro-American woman are highest risk for infection.
  31. 25%+ of new HIV infections in the United States are contracted by teenagers.
  32. World wide, the rate of infection is 5.3 million per year (was only 3.36 million last year, almost doubled!).
  33. World wide, the rate of deaths from HIV/AIDS is 3 million per year (up from 1.63 million, almost doubled!).
  34. World wide 1,200,000 case of HIV are under the age of 15.
  35. World wide, there are 38,500,000 people living with HIV or AIDS.
  36. Over 3 million people died of AIDS in 2005.
  37. 95 percent of new HIV infections are in the world's poorest countries (usually no medications available to patients here).
  38. In many countries, HIV/AIDS is increasing infant mortality rates and reducing life expectancy dramatically.
  39. Sub-Saharan Africa has almost 70% of the global total of HIV-positive people.
  40. Africa has more than 28 million HIV/AIDS cases.
  41. AIDS is the leading cause of death of African-American women.
  42. 90% of people with HIV live in the developing world.
  43. Smokers with the HIV virus develop full-blown AIDS 200 times quicker than nonsmokers.
  44. HIV is not a "gay thing".
  45. HIV is most rapidly showing up in heterosexual communities in North America.
  46. Infections among all teenagers and young adults are increasing.
  47. Nearly one-fourth of AIDS cases among adolescents and adults under age 25 stem from injection drug use.
  48. Alcohol kills cd4s allowing HIV to gain control.
  49. 10% or more of the adult population infected with HIV (Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe).
  50. HIV is primarily transmitted in blood, semen, or vaginal fluid during unprotected sex or from sharing needles.
  51. HIV transmission among gay males in Toronto, is near doubling every 5 years.
  52. HIV infection is rising among heterosexuals - now it is being noticed.
  53. HIV and AIDS are not transmitted through casual contact.
  54. HIV test can only be considered accurate if it is performed 3 or more months after exposure - majority of people develop a detectable level of antibodies within the first month of exposure.
  55. Unprotected receptive vaginal intercourse or anal sex with ejaculation inside your body poses the greatest risk for infection.
  56. 20,000 people are infected with HIV everyday.
  57. 30 million people have died from the disease.
  58. 36 million people around the world are HIV-positive.
  59. AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death globally.
  60. AIDS is the leading cause of death in Africa.
  61. Having sexual intercourse with virgins DOES NOT cure or slow HIV/AIDS, this is rape!
  62. AIDS now threatens social and world economic stability.
  63. There is a common misconception that HIV/AIDS is under control.
  64. HIV and AIDS is the Great Plague of our modern era and still remains to be a global emergency that requires an effective response and solutions.
  65. There are multiple strains of HIV around the world.
  66. HIV continually mutates and recombines.
  67. Every hour 5 people will die of AIDS.
  68. Once inside the T cell, HIV uses the T cell’s metabolic machinery to produce millions of new viruses which causes the T cell to rupture releasing these new viruses to infect more T Cells.
  69. HIV/AIDS claimed the lives of more than 20 million men, women and children worldwide.
  70. 40 million people are living with H.I.V..
  71. In 2001, 5 million people became infected with HIV.
  72. In Africa, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death.
  73. AIDS is the fifth leading cause of death among Americans aged 25 – 44.
  74. The first AIDS cases in the United States were reported in 1981, but the illness was not referred to as AIDS until 1982.
  75. Between 11 and 15% of U.S. AIDS cases occur in people over age 50.
  76. 60 percent of men were infected through homosexual sex, 25 percent through injection drug use, and 15 percent through heterosexual sex.
  77. In newly infected men, about 49 percent are black, 30% are white, 20% are Hispanic, and 1% are of other racial and ethnic groups.
  78. 20-24 age groups are the most exposed to risk of contracting HIV.
  79. There is a 29% HIV transmission rate from HIV-positive women who breastfeed their child.
  80. Someone who is infected with HIV can look and feel healthy, yet they can still pass the immune deficiency virus on to others - they may not be aware of their infection.
  81. Heterosexual men with a circumcised penis are almost 25% less likely to get HIV from vaginal sex (less irritation and infections without foreskin, head of penis is cleaner and easier to clean thoroughly).
  82. "Gifting", is when someone HIV POS person gives the virus to someone HIV-negative, sometimes for payment or to pull a medical/disability pension, also some HIV+ partners guilt their lover(s) who may be HIV negative into accepting unprotected sex with hopes they get infected so they may be equal.
  83. There have been occurrences of purposeful needle sticking in bars and other public places, either for revenge or to create panic/chaos in society. Also cases of filled syringes uses for armed robberies.
  84. Filled syringes of blood used for robberies, used as a weapon.
  85. Incubation period between HIV infection and AIDS diagnosis is many years.
  86. HIV symptoms may not occur for up to 10 years after infection.
  87. Women are 8 times more likely than men to contract HIV from one act of intercourse.
  88. Half of teenagers who engage in sexual intercourse report consistent use of latex condoms.
  89. 1 in 32 high school students reported having injected an illegal substances.
  90. While you were asleep last night, 5125 people were infected with HIV.
  91. 16,500 new HIV infections occurred each day.
  92. Every minute 11 persons are infected with HIV Globally.
  93. 1500 to 1800 new infections occur each day in USA, 15,000 per day world wide!
  94. Experts believe the earliest date we will have an HIV vaccine available for use is 2015.
  95. By 2010, around 25% of the adult population will be HIV-positive.
  96. Pharmaceutical companies should make their anti-HIV drugs free.
  97. In Alberta, Canada, 25% of new cases of HIV reported last year, where ethnic background was given, were aboriginal.
  98. If you are HIV-positive, you must tell your partner your status before engaging in any sexual play.
  99. HIV can be transmitted by French kissing if the negative partner has bad teeth, bleeding gums, etc.
  100. In Canada, it costs more than $150,000 in medical expenses to treat every AIDS patient.
  101. If you believe you have been at risk and are worried that you may infected, you should get a HIV test to settle your mind.
  102. CDC estimates that 1 in 3 people with HIV do not know they are infected.
  103. It is better to know if you have HIV now than it is to find out down the road you gave it to someone you love.
  104. Using condoms will increase sexual pleasure because you do not have to worry about STDs or pregnancies as much.
  105. Of all new HIV infections in the U.S., 51% occur in young people under 25.
  106. More than 25% of new HIV infections in the U.S. are contracted by teenagers.
  107. More than 75% of high-school students have had sexual intercourse by grade 12, more than 50% had had unprotected sex.
  108. More than 20% of 12th-grade students have had more than 4 sex partners.
  109. Women comprise the fastest-growing population of new HIV infections in the U.S.
  110. Women are 8 times more likely than men to contract HIV from one act of intercourse.
  111. Women are becoming increasingly affected by HIV - about 47% of the 34.7 million adults living with HIV or AIDS worldwide are women.
  112. HIV symptoms may not occur for up to 10 years after infection.
  113. more than 800,000 cases of AIDS had been reported to the CDC since 1981.
  114. about 1,000,000 Americans are infected with HIV.
  115. more than 420,000 Americans have died of AIDS.
  116. despite contrary belief living with HIV can deliver a healthy child free of the HIV virus.
  117. Russia currently has the biggest increase in new infections of any country, partly through intravenous drug use.
  118. Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) estimate that there are over 30,000 people with HIV in the UK, up to one third of whom are unaware of their status.
  119. approximately 2,500 new diagnoses of HIV in the UK every year - equivalent to seven new cases every day - and that figure has risen steadily in the last six years.
  120. March 2000 there have been 41,174 diagnoses of HIV in the UK and 16,995 AIDS cases.
  121. There have been 11,739 AIDS/HIV related deaths
  122. more than 2.5 million people infected in Nigeria, will rise to 4.9 million by 2003 in Nigeria, infection rates exceed 20% in some areas
  123. if you are HIV positive but your counts are undectable due to medications, you can still infect others if you are not careful.
  124. more than 5% of Nigeria's total population believed to be HIV positive.
  125. within the last 24 hours, HIV/AIDS has killed 5,500 Africans, half of them children.
  126. estimated 15 million AIDS orphans world wide.
  127. TB is the biggest killer of people with AIDS in third world countries.
  128. in Zambia, 20 percent of the adult population is infected with HIV - 76 million dollars on Zambia's health budget.
  129. in 1998, injecting drug users were the second largest transmission category.
  130. in 1998, 35% of the 285,549 AIDS cases reported among African American and Hispanic males were associated with IDU (injection drug use), compared to 9% of the 278,151 AIDS cases reported among white males.
  131. gay and bisexual men still represent the largest proportion of new AIDS cases and HIV infections each year.
  132. in 1998, 45% of AIDS cases and 40% of HIV infections among adult and adolescent men older than 13 were among gay/bisexual men.
  133. in 1998, gay/bisexual men of color represented the majority (52%) of total AIDS cases .
  134. in 1998, 25% of reported AIDS cases were attributed to injection drug use (IDU).
  135. There is minute possibility that you can get HIV from donated blood, it is very rare now a days or you can store your blood at a blood bank to be used in the future, or arrange this if you need surgery - not all countries screen blood.
  136. 36 percent of adults (15 to 49 years old) in Botswana are HIV-positive, highest HIV prevalence rate is among 20 to 39 year olds.
  137. Botswana, tiny population of 1.7 million living in a vast country of 582,000 square kilometers an estimated 300,000 of adults and 26,000 children under the age of five living with HIV or AIDS.
  138. more people died from AIDS today than those that died on September 11th (2002) terrorist attack on USA.
  139. there are approximately 1000 new cases of HIV diagnosed each year in Ontario, Canada.
  140. alcohol and drugs blurs your judgment, responsible for many infections as people forget or don't care about the risks while drunk or high.
  141. by 2025, if trends persist the way the are, HIV and AIDS will infect half the world's population!
  142. Russia has experienced a 15-fold increase in the past three years.
  143. Africa experienced 3.4 million new HIV infections in 2001 alone.
  144. Africa experienced 2.3 million AIDS related deaths in 2001 alone .
  145. Ten million Chinese citizens will be infected with the HIV virus by 2010.
  146. due to economic disparity, millions of people with HIV do not have access to adequate HIV medical care or the medicines that help control this disease.
  147. researchers are predicting a second wave of international HIV infections that may double the current amount of infections as it is now a prominent problem in the young generation who are less likely to use responsible protection (condoms, dental dams, etc).
  148. if you are HIV positive but your counts are undetectable due to good HIV or AIDS medications/treatments, you can still infect others if you are not careful.
  149. Almost 1 out of every 100 (worldwide) are HIV positive or diagnosed AIDS status.
  150. There are an estimated 50 thousand people living with HIV or AIDS in Canada
  151. 4200 new HIV infections occur every year in Canada
  152. Eleven Canadians a day get HIV.
  153. It is estimated that in Canada, 15 thousand or 30 percent of those infected are unaware that they have the virus.
  154. Between 1996 and 1999 in Canada, the number of gay and bisexual men infected with HIV increased by 30 percent
  155. Between 1996 and 1999 in Canada, the number of women infected with HIV increased by 48 percent
  156. Between 1996 and 1999 in Canada, the number of Aboriginal people infected with HIV increased by a huge increase of 91 percent

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