Terrifying Aids statistics

2016-07-20 06:00

STATISTICS are essential, but sometimes terrifying upon closer analysis. Take HIV stats, for example - even though South Africa does not have the highest HIV infection rate or national population, we still have the highest number of people living with HIV/Aids at 6 836 500 (2014 figures according to Wikipedia).

China, India and the U.S. combined have 4 007 900 HIV-positive people, even though their combined population is over 55 times greater than our population. Our infection rate of 18,92% is a major national crisis. The highest HIV-positive rates are in Swaziland at 27,73% and Botswana at 25,16%, but our greater population gives SA more people needing treatment. No war, political system or drought has come close to claiming the over 6,8 million lives HIV will take in SA unless a cure is found. I urge my country to commit to ending this pandemic’s growth. All other economic, political and security concerns are insignificant in comparison.



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