Today is World AIDS Day, dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic across the globe. AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 through 2007. Today 33.4 million people live with HIV and there are 2.7 million new cases each year. In the U.S., 1.1 million people are living with HIV and of those, 1 out of 5 people don't know they are HIV positive.
Funding from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, and with donations from other organizations, AIDS medications are reaching people around the world however, many people still don't have access to these medications and the AIDS pandemic still claims far too many lives.
In the U.S. the effort has been made to make HIV testing part of routine health care. Over 80 million people in the U.S. have been tested at least once. The latest guidelines from the CDC recommend that everyone between the ages of 13 to 64 should be tested at least once and those at high risk should be tested more often and women should be tested during pregnancy.
For more information on World AIDS Day visit, www.cdc.gov/features/worldaidsday/.