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AIDS still an epidemic

Though there were 2 million AIDS-related deaths in 2008, AIDS isn't in the news much anymore. So it is good that today's World AIDS Day will draw some needed attention to this global epidemic. Most of the focus will be on sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to more than 67 percent of all people living with HIV and where AIDS has orphaned more than 14 million children. But it's also important to realize that 2,600 Kansans have AIDS or HIV, according to 2008 estimates.