Monday, December 1, 2014
HIV in New York City: People newly diagnosed with HIV in 2013 were predominantly male, black or Hispanic, young gay men or people living in high-poverty areas
HIV diagnosis rates were strikingly high among black and Hispanic males and females relative to other racial/ethnic groups. The World Health Organization and the United Nations first declared December 1st World AIDS Day in 1988. According to the organization, 39 million people have died from the disease worldwide. In 2013, AIDS claimed 1.5 million lives. According to the Florida Department of Health, 1 in 6 HIV-infected adults aren't aware of their status and each year more than 50,000 people in the United States become infected with HIV, with over 4,000 cases in Florida. More than 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the United States, 106,000 in Florida. HIV is the second-leading cause of death among black women and the fifth-leading cause of death among Hispanic women. Men account for 70% of people living with HIV/AIDS in Florida.