If you’ve seen the South Park episode about Cartman getting AIDS, you might think that cancer is “all the rage” and that AIDS just isn’t a big deal anymore. It’s true that AIDS doesn’t seem to be getting the attention it used to, largely because it’s sometimes treatable these days; but the fact remains that it’s still an enormous threat to our society that needs to be talked about, understood, prevented, and most of all, cured.
33.4 million people are living with HIV today, 2.1 million of which are kids. In 2008 alone, 2.7 million more were infected—and 2 million died from the disease. AIDS is definitely a youth killer; about half of people who contract the disease do so before they turn 25, and die before turning 35. That said, it affects all ages—as well as all races, genders, and people all over the world.