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December 1, 2009 Designated World AIDS Day

December 1, 2009, has been designated World AIDS Day, in order to bring attention to the increasing prevalence of HIV and AIDS around the world. Organizations around the world will be joining together to promote awareness and education of HIV/AIDS through a variety of events.

Some statistics about HIV/AIDS in the United States: At the end of 2006, an estimated 1.1 million persons in the United States were living with diagnosed or undiagnosed HIV/AIDS. In 2007 alone, 42,655 new cases of HIV/AIDS in adults, adolescents, and children were diagnosed in the 33 states with long-term, confidential name-based HIV reporting. Currently, someone new is infected with HIV in the U.S. every 9.5 seconds.

Blacks/African Americans accounted for over half (51%) of the estimated number of HIV/AIDS diagnoses made during 2007, followed by whites (29%) and Hispanic/Latinos (18%).

For more information on HIV/AIDS and World AIDS Day, please visit: or  . These sites contain personal stories, links to awareness and promotional materials, and a wealth of information on HIV/AIDS including print as well as audio and video podcast formats.

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