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  1. “HIV” stands for “Human Immunodeficiency Virus” and “AIDS” stands for “Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.” The first case of AIDS (unidentified at the time) was reported in the US in June, 1981.
  2. HIV infects 1.1 million Americans, and more than 18% are unaware of their infection. Do your part: get tested and encourage others to do the same using Instagram. Sign up for Update Your Status.
  3. Every 9.5 minutes, someone becomes infected with HIV in the US.
  4. Black people represent approximately 12% of the US population but accounted for 44% of new HIV cases in 2010.
  5. HIV/AIDS cases have been diagnosed in every state across America.

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  1. Since 1981, close to 636,000 people have died from AIDS in the US and approximately 15,529 people died in 2010 alone.
  2. As of 2014, the number of new HIV cases in the US remained stable (not spiking or dropping) with approximately 50,000 Americans diagnosed each year.
  3. Women made up 20% of new HIV infections in 2010, bringing the number of American females that are HIV-positive to 232,902.
  4. Gay and bisexual men are the groups most severely affected by HIV in the US. They accounted for more than 60% of all new HIV infections in the US in 2009.
  5. Programs that provide health insurance, care, and support to HIV patients in the US include Medicaid, Medicare, the Ryan White Program, and HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS Program).
  6. Advances in treatment have substantially reduced AIDS-related deaths and extended the lives of Americans with HIV/AIDS.

Sources

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    "A Timeline of AIDS." U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. http://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/aids-timeline/ (accessed July 27, 2014).

  • 2

    "The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States." Kaiser Family Foundation. http://kff.org/hivaids/fact-sheet/the-hivaids-epidemic-in-the-united-states/ (accessed July 26, 2014).

  • 3

    "U.S. Statistics." U.S. Statistics. http://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/statistics/ (accessed July 28, 2014).

  • 4

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "HIV Among African Americans." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/racialEthnic/aa/facts/ (accessed July 29, 2014).

  • 5

    "USA HIV & AIDS Statistics." HIV and AIDS information and resources. http://www.avert.org/usa-hiv-aids-statistics.htm (accessed July 28, 2014).

  • 6

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "HIV in the United States: At A Glance." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/basics/ataglance.html (accessed July 28, 2014).

  • 7

    "TODAY’S HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC." Center for Disease Control. http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/hivfactsheets/todaysepidemic-508.pdf (accessed July 29, 2014).

  • 8

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "HIV Among Women." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/gender/women/facts/index.html (accessed July 29, 2014).

  • 9

    "U.S. Statistics." U.S. Statistics. http://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/statistics/ (accessed July 28, 2014).

  • 10

    "The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States." Kaiser Family Foundation. http://kff.org/hivaids/fact-sheet/the-hivaids-epidemic-in-the-united-states/ (accessed July 26, 2014).

  • 11

    "The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States." Kaiser Family Foundation. http://kff.org/hivaids/fact-sheet/the-hivaids-epidemic-in-the-united-states/ (accessed July 26, 2014).

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