Magazine article New York Times Upfront

AIDS Ravages Africa

Magazine article New York Times Upfront

AIDS Ravages Africa

Article excerpt

The article "In Africa, A Town Unravels" details the terrible toll AIDS is taking in Swaziland, where each day the disease kills an estimated 50 people. But that nation is hardly alone.

Sub-Saharan Africa--the region south of the Sahara Desert--accounts for about 10 percent of the world's population. But 60 percent of all the people in the world who are infected with HIV--the virus that causes AIDS--live in this part of Africa. According to the United Nations, more than 27 million men, women, and children in this region have died of AIDS.

The data in graph below show the estimated number of AIDS deaths in 2003 in the 12 African countries with the highest number of AIDS deaths that year.

Use the data in the graph to answer the questions below.

1. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, there were 10 times as many people living with HIV/AIDS as the number of people who died from AIDS in 2003. About how many people were riving with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2003? …

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