As the calendar marches toward 2012, there is good news and not-so-good news on the HIV pandemic. The good news: This year brought huge advances in fighting HIV/AIDS, including major steps forward in prevention and expanded access to treatment, which has helped slash the number of global infections and deaths.
Now the not-so-good news: Much of the U.S. media's HIV reporting focuses on the epidemic outside of the U.S. Within the U.S., new infections are rising among gay men, especially men of color. The economy has forced many U.S. states to decrease funding for HIV services. And pervasive stigma and the criminalization of HIV remain a problem.
Let's take a look at some of the major HIV stories that rocked 2011 in the U.S.