11 Facts About HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

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  1. The first case of AIDS (unidentified at the time) was reported in the U.S. in June, 1981.
  2. HIV infects 1.1 million Americans and more than 18 percent are unaware of their infection.
  3. Every 9.5 minutes, someone becomes infected with HIV in the U.S.
  4. Blacks represent approximately 14 percent of the U.S. population, but accounted for 46 percent of current HIV cases in 2008, and an additional 44 percent of new cases in 2009.
  5. HIV/AIDS cases have been diagnosed in every state across America.
  6. Since 1981, close to 620,000 people have died from AIDS in the U.S. More than 17,000 people died in 2009 alone.
  7. The number of new HIV cases in the U.S. remains stable (not spiking or dropping) with approximately 50,000 Americans diagnosed each year.
  8. Women made up 23 percent of new HIV infections in 2009, rounding the number of American females that are HIV-positive to 280,000.
  9. Gay and bisexual men are the groups most severely affected by HIV in the U.S. They accounted for more than 60 percent of all new HIV infections in the U.S. in 2009.
  10. Programs that provide health insurance, care, and support to HIV patients in the U.S. include Medicaid, Medicare, the Ryan White Program, and HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS Program).
  11. Advances in treatment have substantially reduced AIDS-related deaths and extended the lives of Americans with HIV/AIDS.

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Sources: AIDS, KFF, CDC