"AIDS has become the worst infectious disease crisis to confront the world since the bubonic plague of the 14th century halved the population of Europe within five years. Today, 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS and 95% of them do not have access to treatment that could prolong their lives. As a result, the world is facing an escalation of AIDS orphans that is expected to reach 44 million (roughly the same number of children in public schools in the United States east of the Mississippi) by 2010 if the international community does not respond. This massive loss of human life will dramatically alter families, communities and entire countries. We cannot sit idly by." (from the Interfaith Letter on Global AIDS, 2002 )

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