After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, about 35,000 West Germans had been diagnosed with HIV. In East Germany the number was fewer than 500. The cause? West Berlin had in place "political and economic structures that allowed gay men to find each other and addicts to find drugs." East Berlin, on the other hand, had only two gay bars for a population of 1.3 million people.
As Michael Hobbes writes in his investigation into why AIDS ravaged the United States more than other developed nations, it's "the same virus no matter what country you're in." But Hobbes' examination into when it arrived, how it spread, who got it, and why turned up some startling statistics. Below, five of the most stunning, startling figures he uncovered.