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HIV Prevention: Now More Than Ever

February 2001

HIV Prevention Saves Lives

Overwhelming evidence proves that HIV prevention efforts have saved countless lives, both in the U.S. and worldwide:

Fighting HIV Where It's Hitting Hardest

The CDC directs the largest portion of its HIV prevention efforts to the African-American communities that have been hardest hit by HIV/AIDS:

CDC's Funding of HIV Prevention Programs for African-Americans

Since 1987, CDC has steadily built and supported innovative programs in African-American communities through national, regional and local organizations, including community and faith-based organizations. CDC also continues to work with Latino communities and others hard hit by the epidemic to build and sustain effective prevention programs.

More Critical Than Ever

There is still no cure for AIDS, and an estimated 40,000 Americans become infected with HIV every year. With recent advances in treatment, more people are living with HIV infection and AIDS. This means an increasing need for prevention efforts to help those infected maintain safer behaviors and to help others at risk stay uninfected.

More Diverse Than Ever

Prevention efforts are aggressively targeting a wider range of communities than ever before, including gay men of color, African-American and Hispanic women, white gay men, injection-drug users, and adolescents as they come of age.

More Hope Than Ever

We are entering a new era in HIV prevention, one in which scientific research provides cutting-edge behavioral and biomedical approaches to prevention. Effective risk reduction strategies, combined with new treatments for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, offer more hope than ever of further reducing the spread of HIV.

CDC: The Nation's Leader in HIV Prevention

HIV prevention means using every effective weapon to stop new HIV infections from occurring. The CDC works on these three fronts:

CDC HIV Prevention Funding Breakdown, 1998

1. Helping Communities

Each year, the CDC provides over $400 million to build and support innovative prevention efforts, including:

2. Researching Prevention


The CDC conducts basic research on the mechanics of HIV infection and disease progression. It also conducts research on new HIV prevention technologies:


The CDC develops and evaluates prevention programs nationwide, many of which provide information and social support to groups at risk for HIV, such as:

3. Tracking HIV/AIDS

The CDC's unparalleled information-gathering systems track the occurrence and course of HIV throughout the U.S., indicating where prevention programs are most urgently needed now and in the future.

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