Around 1.1 million people in the United States live with HIV, according to the most recent numbers presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2015. HIV/AIDS cases had increased rapidly in the 1980s and peaked in 1992 when an estimated 78,000 cases were diagnosed. Since then numbers have stabilized at around approximately 40,000 cases per year.
HIV/AIDS remains a real health risk for everyone, men, women and even a small amount of children, as long as the virus exists. Particularly those who practice male to male sexual contact are disproportionally more likely to be exposed to HIV compared to other population groups. Nowadays, 1 in 7 who is infected with HIV does not know about it, nonetheless, there is hope that more and more people will get tested and seek treatment thanks to ongoing awareness campaigns.
Since 1988, once a year the World Aids Day takes place on December 1, allowing people everywhere to show their support for those living with HIV, remembering those who have died from HIV as well as promoting precautionary measures in the fight against HIV.