Every 9.5 minutes, someone in the United States is infected with HIV. Every 33 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies from AIDS.
While great gains have been made in the fight against HIV, still more than 53,000 new HIV infections occurred in 2006 and it predominately burdens minority communities. Young, black men and women are at the highest risk of new infection. The HIV incidence rate for black females is nearly 15 times the rate for white females, according to the CDC.
Today is the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Here are some links to excellent summaries of the progress in fighting HIV in the U.S. and around the world.
- Message from World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan.
- Updated estimated U.S. incidence of HIV from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- World Aids Day Blog.
- Aids.gov HIV & AIDS quick facts.