AIDS is a disease we know how to prevent. Period. And yet, each day approximately 4,500 people will lose their lives to AIDS and another nearly 6,500 will become newly infected with HIV. (UNAIDS Fact sheet, 2013)
Since the beginning of the pandemic, nearly 78 million people have contracted HIV and close to 39 million have died of AIDS-related causes.
Perhaps most troubling is the fact that, of the 35 million people living with HIV in the world, 19 million do not know their HIV-positive status.