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AIDS around the world
North America

While antiretroviral therapy has enabled people living with HIV to enjoy a greater quality of life, prevention efforts in the US and Canada are stalling, according to the UN. HIV is increasingly concentrated in poorer and more deprived communities, with women particularly at risk. In the US, young adults belonging to ethnic minority groups face a greater risk of infection than they did five years ago.

People with HIV:980,000
New HIV cases in 2002:45,000
Deaths from Aids in 200215,000
Children (under 15) with Aids by end of 2002:10,000
Source: UNAIDS, 2002

Aids deaths in 2001
United States:15,000
Canada:Less than 500
Source: UNAIDS, 2002

From the archive:

  • Warning over Aids complacency

  •  US Surgeon General Dr David Satcher discusses the rise in HIV among ethnic minority communities in North America

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