Today is World AIDS Day, a day set aside to recognize the devastating effects of this disease and the amazing breakthroughs we’ve accomplished since the virus was first identified. Here are some important facts about HIV:
- More than 33 million people (that’s 33,000,000 or .4% of the world’s population) are living with HIV.
- The CDC estimates there are 1.2 million people living with HIV in the US and 1 in 5 may not know they are infected. About 50,000 Americans are infected each year.
- Since it was first discovered, nearly 600,000 people in the US have died as a result of the virus.
- More facts on infection rates from the CDC in English and in Spanish.
On the positive side:
- People with HIV are living longer with the virus thanks to anti-retroviral therapies (ART).
- 77% of people under ART maintain very low virus loads.
- We can now talk about AIDS and aging, something we couldn’t talk about 15 years ago.
- Research continues every day.
- Watch this interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases talk about 30 years of HIV/AIDS research.
For World AIDS Day make a commitment to learn all you can about HIV, preventing infection, getting tested, and supporting the people you love who are living with this disease. Visit these websites for more information and support resources: