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December 1, 1998

Winter 1998-99

World AIDS Day, December 1, 1998: Here are some chilling facts to ponder:
  • North American HIV/AIDS cases have now risen to over 850,000

  • There are 47 million cases world wide.

  • Sub Saharan Africa leads the world in HIV/AIDS with 20.8 million people infected.

  • 60,000 children are dying annually of the AIDS virus in South Africa.


  • Increase in HIV infection world wide: 5.8 million

  • Total number of people dying of AIDS by year 2000: 8 million more

  • Total number of lives taken by AIDS thus far: 13.9 million

In 1987, at the World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programs for AIDS Prevention, a call was issued to open up channels for better communication and exchange of ideas to combat and control this deadly plague. Out of this meeting, World AIDS Day emerged.

The Worldwide Toll of the AIDS Epidemic Continues
GroupEstimates as of end of 1997
Newly infected with HIV5.8 million
Currently living with HIV/AIDS30.6 million
AIDS deaths in 19972.3 million
Number of (counted) AIDS deaths since the beginning of the epidemic11.7 million
Number of AIDS orphans* since the beginning of the epidemic8.2 million
Children who lost their mother or both parents to AIDS when they were under the age of 15.

Women Alive Statement

Women Alive is created by and for women living with HIV/AIDS. We understand the pain and fear, how easy it is to hide, how difficult it can be to come to terms with this disease and reach out. Women Alive is the means we have created to help us connect with each other, exchange treatment information, bring others like us out of isolation, and take charge of our lives, our care, and our destiny.

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This article was provided by Women Alive. It is a part of the publication Women Alive Newsletter.