Thursday, June 23, 2011

Some updates...

The CDC estimates that more than 56,000 Americans are infected with HIV every year. More then half of the new infections are among gay men and/or men who have sex with men (MSM) and half are African Americans. The CDC estimates that 235,400 Americans don't know they are HIV positive. Get tested! Call the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective at 860-278-4163 or email info@hglhc.org


Also, young people 13-24 years old account for 58.9% of all undiagnosed cases, versus 13.8% for people 45 to 54 years old. However, 45 to 54 year old Americans make up the largest number of HIV cases (385,400).
The CDC also estimated that 350,000 HIV infections were averted due to HIV prevention efforts in 2008. Research has shown that avoiding these infections saved over $125 billon in medical costs. That's why being a part of the Safety Net Team is so important to our communities-- you are helping to keep your friends healthy and safe from HIV. 

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