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5 key statistics about AIDS in America

For the first time in 22 years, the International AIDS Conference will be taking place in the U.S. on July 22 – 27 and will bring together thousands of activists, experts and policy leaders from around the world.

AIDS remains an a huge problem in U.S. - here are some staggering facts about AIDS in America:

1. There are 14,500 residents with HIV/AIDS living in the nation’s capital.

2.  1 in 5 people who have HIV/AIDS in America doesn’t know that they are infected.  In all, according to the CDC, about 1.2 million Americans are now living with HIV/AIDS. 

3. The African American community is disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS – in fact, the rate of new infections for African American women is about 15 times that of white women in the U.S.

4. The first Washington Post story about AIDS from July 4,1981 was headlined, “Cancer Linked to Gays.”  Now, men who have sex with men remain the group most affected by HIV/AIDS, accounting for 61% of new infections annually in the U.S.

5. Even though the epidemic has been curbed over the past decade, every 9.5 minutes, someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV.

Washington Post Live will be hosting a forum on AIDS in America on July 24.  To learn more about attending or watching the event online, click here.


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