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AIDS Victims Will Get Help

More than 960 poor North Carolinians with HIV, who need money to pay for anti-viral drugs, will soon get help.

The State Legislature recently appropriated $2.75 million in extra money for the AIDS Drug Assistance program. North Carolina has the largest waiting list of ten states targeted by the federal government.

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HIV/AIDS World and U.S. Statistics

  • As of the end of 2000, an estimated 36.1 million people worldwide -- 34.7 million adults and 1.4 million children younger than 15 years -- were living with HIV/AIDS. More than 70 percent of these people (25.3 million) live in Sub-Saharan Africa; another 16 percent (5.8 million) live in South and Southeast Asia.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 800,000 to 900,000 U.S. residents are living with HIV infection, one-third of whom are unaware of their infection.

  • Approximately 40,000 new HIV infections occur each year in the United States, about 70 percent among men and 30 percent among women. Of these newly infected people, half are younger than 25 years of age.

  • In the United States, 753,907 cases of AIDS had been reported to the CDC through June 2000.

  • The estimated annual number of pediatric AIDS cases in the United States fell from 945 in 1992 to 155 in 1999.

  • AIDS is now the fifth leading cause of death in the United States among people aged 25 to 44, behind unintentional injuries, cancer, heart disease and suicide.

  • The estimated annual number of AIDS-related deaths in the United States fell approximately 68 percent from 1995 to 1999, from 50,610 deaths in 1995 to 16,273 deaths in 1999.

  • In 2000 alone, HIV/AIDS-associated illnesses caused the deaths of approximately 3 million people worldwide, including an estimated 500,000 children younger than 15 years.

Source: www.niaid.nih.gov (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and National Institute of Health) contributed to this report.


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