Commentary & Opinion
Educated Public Is Best Defense Against AIDS
June 7, 2011
"Come Sunday, it will be 30 years since the first documented cases of AIDS in America. Nearly 30 million people have died of AIDS since the first five cases were recognized in Los Angeles in 1981. About 34 million people worldwide have HIV now, including 1 million in the United States.
"The HIV/AIDS acronyms ... have been washed of much of the ignorance and fear that once was prevalent. The reduction in new cases and the survival rates of those infected reflect the relentless public education in the United States and around the globe. As a result, HIV infections are no longer assumed to be automatic death sentences.
News Journal (Wilmington)
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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