HIV has become a big issue nowadays and there are still many people who don’t know about HIV. Here are 11 facts about HIV – please take notice, so you can help others by sharing your knowledge!
1. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that infects the immune system, decreasing its ability to fight off other infections and diseases.
2. HIV can be transmitted through unprotected sex, transmission of infected blood, sharing infected needles or other sharp instruments and from a mother to her baby during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding if she is HIV+.
3. More than 35 million people live with HIV worldwide today.
4. Over 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV, but almost 1 in 6 don’t know it. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor: get tested and encourage others to do the same!
6. At the end of 2011, there were 3.3 million children living with HIV around the world.
7. 70% of all people living with HIV (24.7 million) live in sub-Saharan Africa, including 91% of the world’s HIV-positive children.
8. Gay and bisexual men of all races are the most radically affected by HIV in the US.
9. Most people living with or at risk of contracting HIV do not have access to prevention, care, or treatment. As of 2015, there is no cure for the virus.
10. In 2007, approximately 74% of HIV/AIDS diagnoses were in males and 26% in females.
11. Every 9.5 minutes someone is diagnosed with HIV the US alone.
After you know these 11 facts, will you take action to make a better world? Here’s our advice: spread the word to your loved ones, because we believe that when you share, you also care!