This is a very controversial topic and one that may be very polarizing for some people. But I have to say that it is not a bad thing. When we are in the body, we have a natural tendency to put our own needs before those of others. But when an illness comes up, it can lead to a need for medical attention.
This is certainly true for the HIV epidemic in the US. As people become HIV-positive, they often become overly concerned with how they’re going to “behave” in life, which can lead to a negative diet, alcohol abuse, and other dangerous behaviors. But when there is a need for medical care, the body knows what to do.
I recently read an article saying that as a result of the AIDS epidemic, the number of people dying from HIV infection in the US has fallen from 25,000 per year to about 6,000 per year. But a friend pointed out that the article had a very dramatic typo. The article said that the number of people died of AIDS had fallen from 25,000 to 6,000 per year. That was a typo. It should have read 75,000 or 100,000.
That’s because the article said that the number of people in the US dying of AIDS had fallen from 25,000 per year to 6,000 per year. But in fact, the number of people dying of AIDS had actually increased from 25,000 per year to 75,000. The article had an honest typo.
And the reason this is so important is because it shows the real number of people dying of AIDS. The article is not based on a study. Instead, it uses the number of new cases of HIV infection that occur each year in the US. In fact, the article’s headline (and one of the reasons why it was so important) is based on an estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The article is based on an estimate from a CDC report. To get the exact number, you would need to get access to that report. It would be the most up-to-date number. And it would be the most important number.
According to the CDC report, the number of new HIV cases was 691,000 from 2007 to 2009. The report says that, “the number of deaths from AIDS has decreased since the early 1990s, and this decline is likely linked to the use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and other effective interventions.” That is, if people were to be prevented from getting HIV-related infections, that would save a lot of lives.
To put that a little differently, the number of new HIV infections in 2009 was 691,000, which is less than half the number in 1987, the year the first HIV-infected person was born. That means AIDS is not a death sentence. It is just a death sentence if you are living with HIV.
In fact, there has been a significant rise in HIV infections in the United States since the advent of HAART – more than 1 million people a year were living with HIV in 2009, compared to less than 900,000 in 1987. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the total number of people living with HIV will be below 10 million by 2012.
The CDC report says that HIV/AIDS is “a chronic and debilitating disease” that costs the US $1.3 trillion annually; that’s about $3.7 billion in annual health care costs. That’s a high price to pay for a virus that is slowly killing us.