HIV/AIDS has been a global epidemic for more than 30 years. Most of today's youth have never known a world without it.
In 2011, an estimated 49,000 people were diagnosed with HIV and approximately 21 percent of them were aged 13-24, with the highest rate of new infections occurring among those aged 20-24. [**]
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1 in 6 people in the United States who are infected with HIV do not even know it. [*]
Although blacks, or African Americans, made up only 12 percent of the population in the 46 states, they accounted for 46 percent of the new HIV diagnoses during 2010.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [***]
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, HIV in the United States: Ata A Glance, December 2013. (http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/basics/ataglance.html). Retrieved April 2014.
** Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Basic Statistics (http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/basics). Retrieved April 2014.
*** Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [***] HIV Surveillance Report, 2011; vol. 23. (http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/library/reports/surveillance/index.html). Published February 2013. Accessed April 2014.
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