Orphaned by AIDS

Estimates the number of children, adolescents, and young adults that will be orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the US between 1993 and the year 2000. Comments from social researchers; Gauging the magnitude of this social phenomenon; Additional information.

By PT Staff, published on May 1, 1993 - last reviewed on January 23, 2015

TRAUMATIC CHILDHOOD

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)