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AIDS conference sounds alarm over rich-poor divide

The theme of the 12th World AIDS Conference may have been "bridging the gap," but the message that emerged seemed just the opposite: the gap between the haves and the have-nots in this global epidemic is only widening.


Official Site of the 12th World AIDS Conference
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Quick Facts

What is AIDS?

AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

What causes AIDS?

AIDS is a collection of illnesses caused by a virus called human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. HIV is found in the blood, semen and vaginal secretions of an infected person.

How is AIDS spread?

The HIV virus is mainly spread by unprotected sex and sharing needles with an HIV-infected person. Babies born to HIV-infected women may become infected. You do not become infected by casual contact or insects.

How many people have HIV?

548,102 AIDS cases in the United States have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC lists 343,000 AIDS deaths.

Worldwide, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS estimates 21.8 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. Of that number, the majority (21 million) are adults, and women are approximately 42 percent.

During 1995, HIV-associated illnesses caused the deaths of 1.3 million people, including 300,000 children under age 5. Since the beginning of the global AIDS epidemic, over 9 million children under age 15 have lost their mothers to HIV/AIDS.

How is HIV/AIDS diagnosed?

A test for the HIV antibody shows who is infected with the virus.

What is the prognosis for people with HIV/AIDS?

There is no cure for AIDS, however the FDA has approved the use of certain prescription drugs such as AZT in the treatment of AIDS-related illnesses.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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The Body: A Multimedia AIDS and HIV Information Resource
Includes insight from AIDS experts, online forums, how to get help and much other information on the disease and its treatment.

AIDS Treatment Data Network
Treatment review, simple facts sheets and glossary of drugs from the New York Academy of Medicine.

Gay Men's Health Crisis
Offers hands-on support services to men, women and children with AIDS and their families.

WWW Virtual Library: AIDS
Features information on clinical trials, conferences, medical study information and statistical reports on the epidemic.

CDC National AIDS Awareness Clearinghouse
News, prevention, published materials research findings and more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

NAMES Project
The AIDS Memorial Quilt Web site.

AIDS Research Information Center, Inc.
Provides current information on HIV treatment. "Patient Empowerment Through Information."

Center for AIDS Prevention Studies
Programs, prevention science and fact sheets plus special features.

The Safer Sex Page
Site dedicated to AIDS prevention aimed at teenagers.

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This information constitutes general medical information and is not intended as medical advice in any particular case. Please consult a physician as appropriate.

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