In the United States, every 9.5 minutes a person is infected with HIV. The United Nations’ (UN) World AIDS Day is an occasion to honor those who have died of AIDS and those who live with HIV or AIDS and to increase awareness of these conditions. It is held on December 1 each year. This year, the event will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2009.
On October 27, 1988, the UN General Assembly officially recognized that the World Health Organization declared December 1, 1988, to be World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day has also been observed on this date each year since then.
According to the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC), the cumulative estimated number of AIDS diagnoses through 2008 in the United States and dependent areas was 1,106,391. Of these, 1,073,128 were diagnosed in the 50 states and the District of Columbia and 33,262 were diagnosed in the dependent areas. In the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 851,974 cumulative AIDS diagnoses were among adult and adolescent males, 211,804 were among adult and adolescent females, and 9,349 were among children under age 13 years. For information on HIV/AIDS, please visit the following websites:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
The National Women’s Health Information Center
The National Minority AIDS Council
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
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