September 18th is HIV Awareness Day. It’s a good opportunity to raise some awareness about how HIV. Daily Snippet:
1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection
According to the Center for Disease Control, almost one in five (18.1%) of those living with HIV are unaware of their infection. Here is an excerpt from a CDC fact sheet on HIV:
“Despite increases in the total number of people in the US living with HIV infection in recent years (due to better testing and treatment options), the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable. However, new infections continue at far too high a level, with approximately 50,000 Americans becoming infected with HIV each year.
In 2010, an estimated 47,129 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in the 46 states with confidential name-based HIV infection reporting since at least January 2007. In that same year, an estimated 33,015 people throughout the US were diagnosed with AIDS. Since the epidemic began, an estimated 1,129,127 people in the US have been diagnosed with AIDS.
An estimated 17,774 people with AIDS died in 2009, and nearly 619,400 people with AIDS in the US have died since the epidemic began.”