Updates on HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released a new fact sheet (February 2009) summarizing recent developments and statistics related to HIV/AIDS in the United States.

Here’s a quick summary chart from the fact sheet:

“Key Snapshot of the U.S. Epidemic Today”:

  • Number of new HIV infections, 2006: 56,300
  • Number of people living with HIV/AIDS: 1.1 million, including more than 468,000 with AIDS
  • Number of AIDS deaths since beginning of epidemic: 583,298, including 14,561 in 2007
  • Percent of people infected with HIV who don’t know it: 21%

Something else that jumped out at me:

“In FY 2008, U.S. federal funding to combat HIV totaled $23.3 billion. Of this, 50% is for care, 12% for research, 10% for cash and housing assistance, 4% for prevention, and 25% for the international epidemic.”

It’s kind of mind-boggling that the prevention number is that low.  As is so often noted, prevention is the best/only way to get ahead of things….

The Kaiser Network has all kinds of other great resources worth checking out,  including HIV/AIDS slides (figures, tables, etc.) and state-level data.  You can find all of the Kaiser HIV/AIDS Policy Fact Sheets here.

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~ by h.e.g. on March 7, 2009.

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