Did you know that more than 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV infection? Of that number, just about 13% are unaware of their infection, which means they are not getting proper care and may be exposing others to risk.
African Americans shoulder the heaviest burden of the disease. We represent only 12% of the U.S. population, but we accounted for roughly 44% of new HIV infections in 2010, and 41% of people living with HIV infection in 2011. Additionally, an estimated 270,726 Black people with AIDS have died since the HIV/AIDS epidemic began over 30 years ago.
As tough as these statistics are, it’s also important to note that if you are diagnosed with HIV today and are under proper medical care, you can expect to achieve normal life expectancy. There have been incredible medical advances that allow people with HIV to thrive and live fully productive lives. The key is knowing your status, and getting the proper care to manage the disease.
In honor of World AIDS Day 2015, we encourage you to learn the basics and facts about HIV/AIDS, take a moment to educate yourself about our government’s HIV/AIDS strategy, and find out your HIV status by clicking here to find a test site or entering your city, state and zip code into the box below.
Need more information about the fight to end HIV? Here are a few ways to learn more:
– Listen to HealthQuest on WURD at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on December 1, when Gary Bell of BEBASHI (Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues) joins host Sara Lomax-Reese to discuss advances in HIV prevention and awareness.
– Check out the December 1 the Nick Taliaferro Show at 4:00 p.m., when WURD’s Kyle Cuffie-Scott will join the program to discuss Darnel’s Cakes, a project that raises awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and financially supports local and national organizations that are at the forefront of fighting the virus, disease, and/or associated stigmas.
– Watch the White House’s World AIDS Day event live on December 1st at 1:00 p.m. on whitehouse.gov/live.