HIV/AIDS made a name for itself in the 1980's in the United States. Now 30 years later, the nation reflects this week on the history of the disease and the impact it has made on the most infected cities such as Washington D.C. and San Francisco. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the first cases of the virus that would be known as AIDS on June 5, 1981.
A recent study of 500 gay men in Washington D.C. found that 14% are HIV-positive. As of December 2008 in New York City, a little more than 50% of new HIV and AIDS infections were among African Americans, and new HIV infections were highest among those ages 20 to 29 and 30 to 39, according to the New York City Department of Health.
Across the country, every nine and a half minutes someone in the U.S. is being infected with HIV, reports the CDC. And AIDS is the leading cause of death for African American women ages 25 to 34.
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