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World AIDS Day -- December 1, 1997

"Children Living in a World with AIDS" is the theme designated by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) for this year's World AIDS Day, December 1, 1997. World AIDS Day focuses attention on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) pandemic. Worldwide, an estimated 23 million persons are infected with HIV; of these, approximately 40% are women (1). By the end of 1997, an estimated 1 million children aged less than 15 years are expected to be infected with HIV; of these, approximately 90% live in developing countries (1). In the United States, however, the substantial declines in perinatally acquired AIDS reflect the success of prevention interventions and underscore the need to develop effective strategies to reduce HIV transmission worldwide. In the United States, activities for World AIDS Day are coordinated by the American Association for World Health in collaboration with UNAIDS, the Pan American Health Organization, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Additional information about HIV infection, AIDS, and World AIDS Day is available from CDC's National AIDS Clearinghouse, telephone (800) 458-5231 or (301) 519-0023; CDC's National AIDS Hotline, telephone (800) 342-2437; and CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Home Page on the World-Wide Web,


  1. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. Children living in a world with AIDS. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, June 1997.

+------------------------------------------------------------------- -----+ | Erratum: Vol. 46, No. 46 | |             | | In the box, "World AIDS Day -- December 1, 1997," on page 1085, | | and asterisk footnote to the article "Update: Perinatally Acquired | | HIV/AIDS -- United States, 1997," on page 1086, the commercial | | telephone number for CDC's National AIDS Clearinghouse was | | incorrect. The correct number is (301) 519-0459. | +------------------------------------------------------------------- -----+

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