Fact and Figures
Fact and Figures About AIDS in the United States
- Every nine-and-a-half minutes, someone in the United States becomes infected with HIV, which results in more than 56,000 new infections each year.
- 1.2 million people in the U.S. live with HIV/AIDS, many of whom require services and support.
- President Obama is committed to developing a coordinated, measurable and successful National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) to address the HIV epidemic in the United States.
- In February, the president appointed Jeffrey S. Crowley, as Director of Office of National AIDS Policy. A former senior research scholar at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, Amb. Crowley coordinates the federal government’s efforts on HIV/AIDS policy.
- In April, the White House teamed up with Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to launch a $45 million campaign to raise domestic awareness on AIDS,
- The first phase of this campaign encouraged HIV testing within the African-American population. The next phase will target gay and bisexual men and women, and future phases will focus specifically on the Latino community and other high risk groups.
- This campaign incorporates community groups - national African-American groups in particular - to educate populations most at risk.
- In August, the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) launched a series of Community Discussions in 14 cities across the United States.
- In October, President Obama signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009. The Ryan White Program is the largest federal program specifically dedicated to providing HIV care and treatment. It funds heavily impacted metropolitan areas, states, and local community-based organizations to provide life-saving medical care, medications, and support services to more than half a million people each year: the uninsured and underinsured, racial and ethnic minorities, people of all ages.
- Also in October, The President announced the elimination of the HIV entry ban. Since 1987, HIV-positive travelers and immigrants needed a waiver travel to United States. A final rule will be published in the Federal Register on Monday, November 2nd and will take effect in early January 2010. That means that people who have HIV and are not U.S. citizens will be able to enter the U.S. starting in January next year without a waiver.
- In December, people and organizations across the country will participate in events marking World AIDS Day – December 1.