3 December 2004


AIDS is by far the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa. More than 15 million Africans have already died from AIDS out of a total of 20 million deaths worldwide. In 2003, 2.2 million adults and children died as a result of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa out of a total of 3 million worldwide. Nearly two-thirds of the world's HIV-positive people live in this part of the world despite only containing around 10% of the world's population.

To mark World AIDS Day the most recent edition of Ozspirit focuses on how the unequal status of women contributes to both the transmission of HIV and the impact of AIDS itself. The UN campaign for this year seeks to give a voice to women who are more and more at risk of contracting the disease as well as carrying the bulk of the burden of the effects of HIV and AIDS in the community.

Among the resources and information available at the website is an online quiz which aims to raise knowledge and awareness of AIDS.

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