Today is World AIDS Day. It began in 1988 and is observed each year on Dec. 1.
AIDS is still here. There still is no cure. But knowledge is powerful.
In honor of World AIDS Day, we share this knowledge, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control:
- Nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States, and one in five of those people — 20 percent — are unaware of their infection.
- Despite increases in the total number of people living with HIV in the U.S. in recent years, the annual number of new infections has remained relatively stable overall.
- However, HIV infections continue at far too high a level, with approximately 50,000 Americans becoming newly infected with HIV each year.
- More than 16,000 people with AIDS still die each year in the U.S.
Know your status. Take care of yourself. Take care of your partner. Be safe and be aware.