Is there a country in which you’re more likely to have HIV/AIDS than in the U.S.?
Yesterday, I looked at a comparison between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, and Germany on this delightful website: If It Were My Home. I discovered that if you lived in all of the above countries, you would be much less likely to have HIV/AIDS than if you lived in the U.S.
Therefore, I asked myself: Is there any country where you’d be MORE likely to have HIV/AIDS than the U.S.? Sudan, which is the country just south of Egypt, came to mind. I’ve read (is it an urban legend?) that so many people in the Sudanese army are sick with HIV, that they often can hardly march. Maybe that’s an exaggeration. However, AIDS did start in Africa.
Here are the results of a comparison between the U.S. and Sudan:
- Die 25.72 years sooner
- Have 2 times more chance of being unemployed
- Have 12.7 times higher chance of dying in infancy
- Spend 98.93% less on health care
- Be 2.3 times more likely to have HIV/AIDS
So, there you have it, a country in which you would be more likely to have HIV/AIDS than if you lived in the U.S. Do I feel comforted? Not really.