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according to the CDC:

— More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 5 (18.1%) are unaware of their infection
–Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM),1 particularly young black/African American MSM, are most seriously affected by HIV.
— By race, blacks/African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV.
–An estimated 15,529 people with an AIDS diagnosis died in 2010.
— In 2011, an estimated 49,273 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in the United States. In that same year, an estimated 32,052 people were diagnosed with AIDS.

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You might be at risk of HIV if:

— You are sexually active and do not use condoms.
— You have sex of any kind and do not know yours or your partner’s HIV status.
–You do not know your partner’s drug and sexual history.
–You have had a blood transfusion or operation in a developing country at any time.
— You had a blood transfusion in the United States between 1978 and 1985.


“CDC estimates that 1,148,200 persons aged 13 years and older are living with HIV infection, including 207,600 (18.1%) who are unaware of their infection.1 Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased, while the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable. Still, the pace of new infections continues at far too high a level— particularly among certain groups.”

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CDC stats for United States

–more than 1 million people are living with HIV in the United States.
–one in five (21%) of those people living with HIV is unaware of their infection.
–an estimated 56,300 Americans becoming infected with HIV each year.

Films About HIV/AIDS:

**I highly recommend each of the following films.**

Longtime Companion (1989)
–follows a group of Manhattan friends in the 80s when AIDS is first brought into the national spotlight
–starring Campbell Scott, Patrick Cassidy, Mary-Louise Parker
Longtime Companion

Angels in America (2003)
–Emmy-award winning miniseries based on Pulitzer winning play by Tony Kushner about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties
–starring Emma Thompson, Patrick Wilson, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright, Justin Kirk, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep
Angels in America

RENT (2005)
–based on Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about the challenges of life, love and AIDS on Bohemians in the East Village of New York City
–starring Taye Diggs, Rosario Dawson, Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel, Tracie Thoms, Jesse L. Martin
Rent (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)

And the Band Played On (1993)
–focuses on the discovery of AIDS and its impact on scientific community
–starring Matthew Modine, Alan Alda, Glenne Headly, Anjelica Huston
And the Band Played On

It’s My Party (1996)
–man dying of AIDS decides to kill himself and have a party to say goodbye to friends
–starring Eric Roberts, Margaret Cho, Bruce Davison, Marlee Matlin
It’s My Party [Special Edition]

Jeffrey (1995)
–a gay man decides to become celibate but then meets his dream guy and faces a dilemma
–starring Steven Webber, Michael T. Weiss, Christine Baranski, Patrick Stewart, Sigourney Weaver

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