AIDS worldwide

Popul Today. 1989 Feb;17(2):4.


PIP: World governments have reported a total of 132,977 cases of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) to the World Health Organization (WHO) to date; 59,229 of these AIDS cases were reported in 1988 alone. Moreover, WHO officials consider these statistics to greatly underestimate the true extent of the problem. At least 300,000-350,000 people are believed to have AIDS, with an additional 5-10 million infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). WHO projects over 1 million AIDS cases by 1992. In the US, 32,399 AIDS cases were reported to the Centers for Disease Control in 1988, for a cumulative case total since June 1981 of 82,406 cases. This total includes 1341 cases involving children. At least 10,911 people died of AIDS in the US in 1988, with a cumulative total since 1981 of 46,134 deaths. If current trends continue, the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development expects AIDS to become the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 1-24 years. At present, AIDS is the 9th leading cause of death of children 1-4 years old and the 7th cause of death for those 15-24 years of age.

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome*
  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Child*
  • Demography
  • Disease*
  • HIV Infections*
  • Infant Mortality*
  • International Agencies
  • Mortality*
  • Organizations
  • Population
  • Population Characteristics
  • Population Dynamics
  • Prevalence*
  • Research
  • Research Design
  • United Nations*
  • Virus Diseases*
  • World Health Organization*