Thursday, May 22, 2008

Right in Your Own Backyard

It's not just a problem in Africa:

"Last year, 2.1 million people died as a result of AIDS, including 330,000 children under the age of 15. Today, 33.3 million people are living with HIV infection. Although the problem is most severe in sub-Saharan Africa, the United States also has been hard-hit: more than 565,000 people in this country have died of AIDS and an estimated 1.1 million are living with HIV infection. African-Americans and Hispanics shoulder the greatest burden, accounting for 59 percent of U.S. AIDS cases in 2006. In some urban areas, the HIV infection rates rival those of Africa. Nowhere is this more shocking than in the nation’s capital, where one in 20 Washingtonians have HIV and one in 50 has AIDS. " (See full article here)
May 18th was HIV vaccine awareness day. This disease has been raging, almost unchecked, for more than 25 years, and, unfortunately, a vaccine is still a long ways off. But may have been working hard to find it. And according to this article, scientists are getting closer.

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