Facts and Figures
Across the globe – (As of November 20, 2007)
- An estimated 33.4 million people live with HIV/AIDS..
- An estimated 2.5 million new HIV infections in 2007.
The equivalent to 7,945 people/day, 331/hour... more than 5/minute... almost 1 every 10 seconds.
- An estimated 2.1 million people died of AIDS in 2007
- More than 9 people will become HIV positive each day In 2008
- An estimated 68,000 people live with HIV/AIDS in Canada—a 17% increase over the estimated number in 2006.
- Approximately 27% of people living with HIV/AIDS are not aware that they are infected.
- Women account for 25% of all new HIV diagnoses.
- Heterosexuals account for more than 57% of all new HIV diagnoses
- A total of 63,604 diagnoses of HIV infection have been reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada from November 1985, (when reporting began) up to June 30, 2007.
- More than 13,350 people have died of AIDS since November 1985
- Up to 20,000 people are HIV positive, almost enough to fill the Bell Centre in Montreal
- Over 6,000 of them have been diagnosed with AIDS.
- 33.5% of people living with HIV are heterosexual.
- Quebec has 50% of all AIDS cases among women and children in Canada.
- It is estimated that 730 people will become HIV positive this year... 2 people a day... 1 person every 12 hours...
The new therapies?
- Up to 30 pills per day (sometimes even more).
- Time and food restrictions.
- Toxic side effects and complications.
- Resistance to the drugs for many.
- No drugs can cure AIDS.
A Hard Reality
Isolation, exclusion and poverty are a daily reality for many people living with HIV/AIDS.
Despite decades of public education and prevention programming, the number of people living with HIV continues to rise. There is still no known cure for AIDS.
- Organization mondial de la Santé
- UNAIDS Report on the global AIDS epidemic 2008, August 2008
- Public Health Agency of Canada. HIV and AIDS in Canada. Surveillance Report to December 31, 2006
- Institut national de santé publique du Québec. Programme de surveillance de l’infection par le virus de l’immunodéficience humaine (VIH) au Québec. Mise à jour des données au 30 juin 2007