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Had a fabulous time at the WORLD AIDS DAY luncheon with AIDS Foundation Houston.  The theme this year was Stigma.  It’s sad to say that after all of these years there is still a terrible stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.  In 2014, people still believe that you can only get HIV/AIDS if you are homosexual.  This has to change.  Read below!

United States Statistics

There are 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States. One in five are unaware of their infection

Every 9 ½ minutes someone is infected with HIV in the U.S.

African Americans make up only 13.6% of the U.S. population, yet account for 52% of all new HIV/AIDS cases and 44% of new infections

Young gay and bisexual black men are the most severely affected subpopulation for HIV infection

HOUSTON Statistics

There are over 27,650 individuals known living with HIV/AIDS in Houston/Harris County

Every 7 hours one person in Houston is infected with HIV

African Americans account for 54% of HIV cases in Houston/Harris County

Heterosexual contact accounts for 26% of reported HIV cases in Houston/Harris County and male-to-male contact accounts for 40%

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