Could not resist giving you some sobering statistics and hope others will read also. Especially to address your comments about condoms.
The following is a quote from the report by WHO (World Health Organization).
Since the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic 15 years ago, the virus has infected more than 47 million people in the world. With more than 2.2 million deaths in 1998, HIV/AIDS has now become the fourth leading cause of mortality and its impact is going to increase. Over 95% of all cases and 95% of AIDS deaths occur in the developing world, mostly among young adults and increasingly in women.
In 1999 and during the first quarter of 2000, UNAIDS and WHO worked closely with national governments and research institutions to recalculate
current estimates on people living with HIV/AIDS. The Statistics below are for the Dominican Republic and provided by WHO?UNAIDS. These calculations are based on the previously published estimates for 1997 and recent trends in HIV/AIDS surveillance in various populations. A methodology developed in collaboration with an international group of experts was used to calculate the new estimates on prevalence and incidence of HIV and AIDS deaths, as well as the number of children infected through mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Different approaches were used to estimate HIV prevalence in countries with low-level, concentrated or generalized epidemics. The current estimates do not claim to be an exact count of infections. Rather, they use a methodology that has thus far proved accurate in producing estimates that give a good indication of the magnitude of the epidemic in individual countries. However, these estimates are constantly being revised as countries improve their surveillance systems and collect more information.
Adults in this report are defined as women and men aged 15 to 49. This age range covers people in their most sexually active years. While the
risk of HIV infection obviously continues beyond the age of 50, the vast majority of those who engage in substantial risk behaviours are likely to
be infected by this age. The 15 to 49 age range was used as the denominator in calculating adult HIV prevalence.
_ Estimated number of adults and children living with HIV/AIDS, end of 1999
These estimates include all people with HIV infection, whether or not they have developed symptoms of AIDS, alive at the end of 1999:
Adults and children 130000
Adults (15-49) 130,000 Adult rate (%) 2.80
Women (15-49) 59,000
Children (0-15) 3800
_ Estimated number of deaths due to AIDS
Estimated number of adults and children who died of AIDS during 1999:
Deaths in 1999 4900
_ Ever use of condom
Percentage of people who ever used a condom.
Year Area Age Group Male Female All
1991 All Total 11.8%
1996 All Total 16.8%