The death of a parent is one of the most traumatic experiences a
child can suffer. The chart at right shows the number of children,
adolescents, and young adults estimated to be orphaned by the HIV/AIDS
epidemic in the U.S., 1993 through 2000. Researchers call it "a social
catastrophe of the greatest magnitude."
GRAPH: Number of youth orphaned by AIDS
PHOTO: Siblings (CATHERINE SMITH/IMPACT VISUALS)