HIV is a national emergency
- Every 9 1/2 minutes (on average), someone in the United States is infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
- In 2006, and estimated 56,300 people became infected with HIV.
- More than 1 million people in the US are living with HIV.
- Of those 1 million people living with HIV, 1 in 5 do not know that they are infected.
- Despite new therapies, people with HIV still develop AIDS.
- Over 1 million people in the US have been diagnosed with AIDS.
- More than 14,000 people with AIDS still die each year in the US.
Anyone can get HIV
HIV infects men and women, gay, straight and bisexual, Black, Latino, white — anyone can get HIV. With the current increase in new cases among women of color and young gay men, it’s time for everyone – even in communities that may never have thought of HIV as “our problem” before – to join the fight against HIV and AIDS.
No one has to get HIV
HIV is a completely preventable infection. For yourself, your family and your community, take these six steps to BEAT AIDS:
- Get educated: learn what HIV is, and how it is transmitted.
- Get aware: understand your own personal risk for HIV.
- Get tested: get the test so you can know for sure.
- Get treated: if you’re HIV-positive, early treatment will extend your life and reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others.
- Get safe: learn how to protect yourself and loved ones.
- Get loud! Don’t let our government look the other way while our communities are decimated! Demand that your elected officials make HIV prevention, treatment and research a priority, so we can see the end of AIDS in our lifetime
BEAT AIDS will stand with this community, serving one person at a time, one family at a time…until there’s a cure.