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AIDS: an overview of the challenge
A Global Overview published jointly by UNAIDS and the World Health Organization says that 20 years after the first clinical evidence of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was reported, the disease has become the most devastating one that humanity has ever faced. Since the epidemic began, more than 60 million people have been infected with the immunodeficiency virus. HIV/AIDS is now the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa. Worldwide, it is the fourth-biggest killer.
At the end of 2001, an estimated 40 million people globally were living with HIV. In many parts of the developing world, the majority of new infections have occurred in young adults, with young women especially vulnerable. About one-third of those currently living with HIV/AIDS are aged 15-24. Most of them do not know they carry the virus. Many millions more know nothing or too little about HIV to protect themselves from it.
'The end of the beginning'
with contributions from Sarah Jane Brokensha, Karen Walsh, Beverly Hogan, Dee Mahuvawalla, Natalie V. Therry
items of interest
with contributions from Nelson Mandela, Richard E. Stearns, Tod Hertz, Ted Olsen, Cathleen Falsani
Responding to AIDS with unconditional love
By Ron Ballard
AIDS in Africa
By Kim Shippey Sentinel Staff
By John Selover
No longer ignoring the problem
I felt comfortable coming back to God
By Sifredo Reyes
How can I PRAY about AIDS?
By Ruth Elizabeth Jenks
The most important thing ...
By Marilyn C. Jones Sentinel staff
Authority over disease
By Margaret Rogers
Father and daughter freed from HIV
Healed of malaria
Eugyne A. Mwoka with contributions from Colleta Musonye