70 million will die of AIDS in 20 years, U.N. report says.
AIDS will spread five times faster over the next 20 years than it has over the past two decades and will kill nearly 70 million people in 45 of the most affected countries, according to a recent U.N. report. Having swept Africa, the disease is expected to overwhelm China and India, the world’s two most populous countries, says the Report on Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic 2002 released during the U.N. Conference on HIV/AIDS in Barcelona, Spain, in July. The number of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS has risen threefold in six years and reached an all-time high of 13.4 million. India has the largest number of AIDS orphans anywhere in the world, standing at 1.2 million in 2001, and predicted to rise to 2 million in five years and 2.7 million in 10 years. (excerpt)