The main ways the virus is transmitted are:

-By having sexual intercourse with an infected partner.

-By injecting drugs using a needle or syringe which has already been used by someone who is infected.

-By being transferred through your mother if she was infected during pregnancy.

AIDS was first discovered and identified as a unique disorder in 1959 in what was then the Belgian Congo. The leading theory suggests that the disease was transmitted from a monkey to a human. In the early stages, many African people and nations thought the disorder was a total hoax. They viewed it as the westerners attempt to fool Africans. They just didnt care and claimed that they had, better things to worry about. (Frank Vogl of Transparency International)

Currently, approximately 34.3 million people have AIDS worldwide, 24.5 million of them are in sub-Saharan Africa. All together, about 19 million people have died from AIDS, 3.8 million of them were under the age of 15. Here are some of the staggering statistics:

-5.4 million new AIDS infections took place in 1999, 4 million of them in Africa.

-2.8 million died of AIDS in 1999, 85 percent of them in Africa.



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