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Over 2 Million HIV Infected in LatAm
10 Nov 2005
Over 2 Million HIV Infected in LatAm
San Salvador, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) UNICEF will launch a campaign against AIDS in Latin America this week, following a UNICEF report which indicates that more than two million Latin Americans are infected with AIDS.

The AIDS campaign was announced at the regional forums in session in San Salvador, and will have the slogan "Latin America and the Caribbean Respond to AIDS, Let Us Commit Ourselves to Life."

UNICEF reported that the Latin American countries with greatest infection are Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados and the Dominican Republic.

"These are some of the many countries with more than one percent of their population infected," said Nils Katsberg, UNICEF Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Katsberg said that many babies have AIDS in Latin America.

"Children and adolescents infected with AIDS or affected by their parents death are the hidden face of an epidemic touching 40 million people in the world," said UNICEF delegate for El Salvador Miriam Figueroa.

It is estimated that more than 1,400 children under 15 die in the world every day because of AIDS and another 1,000 young people between 15 and 24 become infected.

Stopping AIDS transmission is the objective of the campaign to be launched Friday by UNICEF at the end of a Presidents of the Central American Integration System summit, which is also seeking strategies to fight AIDS.

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