Well, ya’ll, today is World Aids Day and in Peace Corps, World AIDS Day is pretty big deal. Many times, volunteers help to coordinate awareness campaigns in their communities to help spread the word about HIV/AIDS prevention. Since I just arrived here a few weeks ago, I haven’t had time to coordinate anything but I figured sharing a little bit of information about how HIV/AIDS affects this country was the least I could do.
- The first case of HIV/AIDS in Peru was in 1983
- 73% of all reported cases of AIDS come from the Departments (think state) of Lima and the Constitutional Province of Callao (think Washington, D.C.) – the Departments on the coast and jungle are most affected by HIV/AIDS
- 45% people over the age of 15 and infected with HIV/AIDS are heterosexual men and women
- 27% of the other reported cases come from the 23 other Departments of Peru
- 77% of reported cases are men and 23% are women
- 50% of the reported cases AIDS are from people under the age of 31.
- 50% of people with reported AIDS cases were probably infected before the age of 21.
- 97% of all reported cases were sexually transmitted
- 2% of all reported cases were transmitted from mother to child
- 1% of all reported cases were transmitted through blood transfusions and needles
This post isn’t fun and light-hearted like the others but still, I hope someone reading this leaves this post a little more informed!