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AIDS Could Kill 20 Million Africans by 2025

AIDS Could Kill 20 Million Africans by 2025


In a worse-case scenario prediction, as many as 80 million Africans may die of AIDS-related complications by 2025 unless more is done soon to fight the disease, according to a Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS report released in March. More than 25 million Africans already have been infected with HIV, but that number could soar to 90 million'more than 10% of the continent's population'if African nations and international aid orgazations don't do more to prevent HIV's spread and treat HIV-positive people. The report, titled 'AIDS in Africa,' determines that even with massive funding and better treatment, the number of Africans who will die from AIDS is likely to top 67 million in the next two decades. Life expectancy in nine African countries is already below 40 years due to AIDS, and 6,500 Africans die from the disease each day. In 2004, 3.1 million Africans were newly infcted with HIV.

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