World Aids Day by the numbers

Aids Ribbon - World Aids Day

  • Year by which G8 countries pledged “universal access” for HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and care: 2010
  • Estimated number of people, globally, currently receiving that care: 4,000,000
  • Estimated number of people, globally, still waiting on that pledge: 5,000,000 *
  • Percentage of Canada’s population that is Aboriginal: 4%
  • Percentage of new Canadian HIV/AIDS patients who are Aboriginal: 10% *
  • Estimated number of Canadians living with HIV/AIDS as of the end of 2008: 65,000
  • Percentage increase in number of Canadians living with HIV/AIDS between 2005 and 2008: 14%
  • Factor by which an Aboriginal Canadian was more at risk to contract HIV/AIDS in 2008, compared to the general population: 3.6x
  • Estimated percentage of Canadian HIV-positive gay men who remain unaware of their infection: 19%
  • Estimated percentage of Canadian HIV-positive heterosexuals who remain unaware of their infection (see comment below): 35% *
  • Percentage of Catholics surveyed in Ireland, the U.S., and Mexico, respectively, who agreed that “the church’s position on condoms is wrong and should be changed”: 79%, 63%, 60% *
  • Estimated amount spent on marketing costs to promote the (Product) RED campaign in its first year: US$100 million
  • Amount that Ad Age reported was raised by the campaign for that year: US$18 million *
  • Total amount (Product) RED reports it has raised to date, according to a July 2009 blog post: $130 million *
  • Year in which HIV/AIDS infections peaked worldwide: 1996
  • Global percentage decline in new HIV/AIDS infections in the last eight years: 17% *
  • Estimated funds required to respond to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic in 2010: US$25.1 billion *
  • Amount by which 2010 funding is currently estimated to fall short of that amount: US$11.3 billion *