World AIDS Day: Important Stats For DC Residents

December 1 is World AIDS Day. Today is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. World AIDS Day was founded in 1988 and was the first ever global health day.

Nationwide 1.1 million people are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people with the virus. More than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

With all the medical and scientific advancements made in HIV treatment, people are living long and fulfilling lives with HIV/AIDS.

Today FREE testing sites are open globally. To find a FREE testing site near you, see here.

Here are some local statistics associated with the virus:

 

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