HIV by the Numbers
Short or Long Grain, Rice Can Make HIV Statistics Easier to Swallow
65,000: People living with HIV/AIDS1
In the HIV world, we are often surrounded by statistics, and they can be so difficult to comprehend. To bring sense to these numbers, Dr. Basmati, the alter-ego of CATIE's bilingual educator Melissa Egan, led the creation of the exhibit The Power of One: Visualizing HIV Epidemiology.
In the exhibit, HIV statistics are presented as piles of rice, with each grain representing one person. The exhibit's power is in its visual punch -- try to imagine the size of a real pile of 65,000 grains of rice. (We've used measuring cups here to give you a sense.)
The Power of One recently completed a cross-country tour. If you missed it, you can ask your local AIDS agency to request that CATIE bring it to your town.
19,960: Heterosexual sex1, 2
33,360: Sex between men1, 2
6,100: Aboriginal peoples1, 3
13,210: Injection drug use1, 2
3,706: Tested positive at immigration screening4
4: Babies born with HIV5
This article was provided by Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange. It is a part of the publication The Positive Side. Visit CATIE's Web site to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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