Today, December 1 marks World AIDS Day across the globe, and serves as a way to recommit ourselves to ending HIV/AIDS as a public health threat.
HIV and AIDS remain a persistent problem for the United States and countries around the world. Much progress has been made in preventing and treating HIV but, there is still much to do.
According to the CDC, in 2015, 39,513 people were diagnosed with HIV and an estimated 1.2 million people in the United States were living with HIV at the end of 2013.
Of those people, about 13% (1 in 8) did not know they were infected.
As of November 2016, 18 million people living with HIV were receiving medicines to treat HIV, called antiretroviral therapy (ART). However, a similar number is still unable to access treatment, the majority of which are unaware that they are HIV positive.
A massive expansion of antiretroviral therapy (ART) has reduced the global number of people dying from HIV-related causes to about 1.1 million in 2015 – 45% fewer than in 2005.
Today, if person is diagnosed with HIV, treated before the disease is far advanced, and stays on treatment, they can live nearly as long as someone who does not have HIV.
However, the only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get tested.
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