Since the disease was first diagnosed in 1981,
more than 25 million people have died from
AIDS (end of 2006).
The situation has become disastrous in sub-
Saharan Africa, where nearly 25 million people
have HIV/AIDS, nearly 6% of the population.
It is estimated that about 40 million people have
the disease worldwide, and that about 3 million
died in 2006.