World AIDS Day today

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The AIDS Ribbon (Image by WikiCommons)

HIV/AIDS remains an epidemic around the world. In this country, it has changed from being a mostly gay, white disease in the ’80s and ’90s to infecting many poor and minority people in the Southeastern and Southern U.S. 

World AIDS day began in 1988 by the United Nations organization that was renamed UNAIDS. 

According to the LA Gay & Lesbian Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation:

– As many as 7,000 Californians will become infected with AIDS this year.

– African-Americans make up 6% of California’s population, but account for nearly 19% of those living with HIV/AIDS. 

– Someone is infected with HIV every 9.5 minutes in the U.S. 

– An estimated 56,300 people will become infected with HIV this year. 

– 1.1 million people are currently living with AIDS, 21% of whom are unaware. 

– Americans ages 13-29 account for 34% of all new infections, most of which are through sexual contact. 

– Racial and ethnic minorities account for about 67% of those living with HIV and about 70% of AIDS deaths. 

– AIDS is the single leading cause of death of women globally. 

For more check out the AIDS/LifeCycle.

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Written by Max Zimbert

December 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm

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