The United Nations AIDS organization released disturbing estimates Thursday
of the seemingly relentless expansion of the HIV pandemic.
At a time when many Americans are increasingly optimistic that state-of-the-
art drug therapy might eliminate the virus, HIV is taking a heavy toll worldwide.
According to the agency, every minute of every day somewhere in the world,
six people become infected with HIV: 7,500 adults per day and 1,000 children.
About 30 million people have acquired the virus during the last 15 years; 6.4
million of them have died of AIDS.
Behind this mounting death count are the signs of growing social disruption.
For example, in sub-Saharan Africa, more than 1 million children have lost their
parents to AIDS. And within four years, there will be more than 2 million AIDS
orphans in the following seven countries combined: Dominican Republic, Kenya,
Rwanda, Thailand, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia.
Illness and death among young adults...