HIV/AIDS emerged in the late 20th century. Believed to have originated in Africa, the disease has spread worldwide. Occurrence of HIV/AIDS and primary means of diffusion vary among regions. Because of the social and economic impacts of this disease, students should have a good understanding of the patterns and processes that define the spread of the disease.
- To describe the spread and occurence of HIV/AIDS at multiple scales
- To explain global and regional variations in the occurence of HIV/AIDS
- To understand the spread of HIV/AIDS in the United States
AP Human Geography*: Unit II—Population Unit
B. Population growth and decline over time and space
3. Patterns of fertility, mortality, and health
"The Demographic Impact of AIDS" from the World Population Prospects: The 2002 Revision (pp. 10-14)
PowerPoint: "Global Summary of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic" (UNAIDS) (PPT: 295KB)
[Note: This is a collection of slides highlighting global and regional HIV/AIDS statistics, as of July 2006.]
"AIDS Epidemic Update 2004-Introduction" (5 pages)
How to Create Choropleth Maps (PDF: 35KB)
[Note: The page numbers provided refer to the pages of the publication, not the pdf file.]
Central Concepts: Mortality patterns; population change; diffusion (disease)
Case Locations: Global; United States
This lesson plan is part of a teaching package, Making Population Real: New Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities.
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