Today is World AIDS Day

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What we need to know about this World AIDS Day.

Every year, World AIDS Day is recognized on December 1st with the intention of sharing awareness of the HIV epidemic and ending the stigma associated with HIV.  This year, the theme for World AIDS Day is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic:  Community by Community.”  As the name suggests, this theme recognizes the important role that individual communities play in responding to AIDS.  A major goal of this World AIDS Day is to mobilize communities to offer HIV and AIDS health services, educate at-risk populations, and keep AIDS on the local political agenda.

To recognize and acknowledge World AIDS Day, it’s important to educate ourselves and our loved ones about this serious disease.  Here are some of the important facts that we can share.

  • In 2018, there were 32.7 – 44 million people living with HIV around the world.
  • Last year, 1.7 million people became newly infected with HIV.
  • It’s estimated that between 570,000 and 1.1 million people died from an AIDS-related illness in 2018.
  • Between 23.6 million and 43.8 million people have died from an AIDS-related illness since the start of the epidemic.
  • Only 79% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status.
  • About 8.1 million people did not know that they were living with HIV.
  • In 2018, 23.3 million people with HIV accessed antiretroviral therapy.  This is up from the 7.7 million seen in 2010.
  • The risk of contracting HIV is:
    • 22 times higher for men who have sex with men
    • 22 times higher for people who inject drugs
    • 21 times higher for sex workers
    • 12 times higher for transgender individuals

These are some of the important facts that we need know this World AIDS Day.  Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we educate ourselves on this serious health epidemic.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program,Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00p.m., EST.

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