My initial understanding was that AIDS affects gay men and drug users who share needles. I was also aware that blood transfusions used to be another way to contract the virus, but that now the blood is tested so it is no longer a concern.
After reading a few articles I was surprised to find that more than 30 million are infected in Africa as well as another 4 million in India. In the UK there are not nearly as many, but the rate of growth is scary. The number of new cases looks set to rise by 25 percent. Worldwide there are 42 million individuals who are infected with HIV.
I learned that my initial impression was incorrect after reading an article by Pamela Bone.
“In Africa, AIDS is not a disease of gay men or intravenous drug users. It is spread almost entirely by heterosexual sex, and women now account for 58 percent of infections.“
As the problem continues to grow it will not be possible to ignore it. U2 singer Bono did a good job of explaining the situation.
“What’s going on is actually a crisis of the order never experienced before. I think HIV-AIDS has set back development to the point where we’re living with statistics that we should not be living with. It’s an everyday Holocaust.“