In The News: World Aids Day

Today is World Aids Day, an annual day aimed to recognize and educate about the HIV/AIDS epidemic affecting millions across the globe. Every 9 and 1/2 minutes, another person in the United States becomes infected with HIV. Many may be unknowingly transmitting HIV to others. The best prevention is safety and education, so Status Media Global is providing our readers facts and information about HIV/AIDS.  For more information visit the World Aids Campaign or World Aids Day website.

HIV and AIDS are not the same. HIV virus can be can be passed on through infected blood, semen, vaginal fluids or breast milk. The latter result of HIV is AIDS. AIDS develops once the immune system has become to weak to combat disease and infection.

The most common ways HIV is passed on are:

  • Sex without a condom with someone living with HIV
  • Sharing infected needles, syringes or other injecting drug equipment
  • From an HIV-positive mother (to her child) during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding (but with effective treatment and care the risk of transmission can be greatly reduced)

 

HIV/AIDS statistics by race and gender:

  • Men who have sex with men (MSM) account for more than half of new HIV infections and nearly half of people living with HIV.
  • African Americans are 12% of U.S. population but make up nearly half of both new HIV infections and people living with HIV. The rate of new HIV infections for black men is 6 times that of white men; for black women, it is 15 times that of white women.
  • Hispanics/Latinos are 13% of the U.S. population, but make up 17% of new HIV infections and 18% of people living with HIV. The rate of new HIV infections for Hispanic/Latino men is more than twice that of white men and the rate for Hispanic/Latina women is 4 times that of white women.

 

Know the facts, Speak the facts, Get Tested.

 

By: Sarah J

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