More than one million people in America living with HIV, and one of five are not aware they are affected. Every 9.5 minutes someone is infected with HIV.
December 1st is the World HIV Awareness Day. HIV is observed throughout the month of December to pass on awareness, education, and information.
Some Facts about HIV Awareness
- The first World AIDS Day was observed in 1988
- President Reagan signs the Health Omnibus Programs Extension Act November 4th, 1988
- November 24, 1991, Freddie Murcury the lead singer of Queen dies from complications from AIDS.
- in 1993, President Clinton establishes the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP)
- In 1994 AIDS becomes the leading cause of death for Americans ages 25 to 44
- In 2002 it was reported that over 10 million young people ages 15-24, and 3 million children under age 15 were living with HIV
- In 2007, CDC reported that over 565,000 people had died of AIDS in the U.S. since 1981
- July 13, 2010, the Obama Administration releases the first National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the U.S.
- In 2017, Elton John is awarded the HIV Activist Humanitarian of the Year. The Elton AIDS foundation had raised more than $385 million to support HIV/AIDS-related programs around the world.