December 1 is World AIDS Day, an opportunity to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS, to learn about advances in the fight against it, and honor those who have been lost to the disease.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Nearly one in five of those are not aware that they are infected. Approximately 50,000 people become newly infected each year.
Find out how HIV is spread, how to avoid it, and how to stay healthy if infected at AIDS.gov.
Many people are diagnosed too late to fully benefit from available life-extending treatment. If you know your status, you can start getting treated and help prevent the infection of others. Find an HIV test location online or by texting your ZIP code to “KNOWIT” (566948).
Gay and bisexual men remain the group most severely and disproportionately affected by the epidemic. However, more than two-thirds (68 percent) of those infected through heterosexual sex are women. Learn more about avoiding and treating HIV for women.