Hellooooo dear friends and family! I’m participating in the AIDS Walk New York and would greatly appreciate your support, because while it may seem like we’ve taken great strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS, we still have a LONG way to go. Don’t believe me? Check out the stats yourself:
– An estimated 1.2 million people in the US were living with HIV at the end of 2013, the most recent year for which information is available. Of those, about 13%, or 1 in 8, did not know they were infected.
– In 2015, 39,513 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in the US.
– In the US, 6,721 people died from HIV and AIDS in 2014.
– In 2015, 18,303 people were diagnosed with AIDS. Since the epidemic began in the early 1980s, 1,216,917 people have been diagnosed with AIDS.
– One in four people living with HIV in the United States are women.
– The vast majority of newly diagnosed HIV-positive women contracted the virus through heterosexual sex.
– In 2015, gay and bisexual men accounted for 82% of HIV diagnoses among males and 67% of all diagnoses, although they comprise only 4% of the U.S. male population.
– African Americans accounted for 45% of HIV diagnoses in 2015, although they comprise only 12% of the population.
– In 2015, 37% of all new infections occurred among people aged 20-29, followed by individuals aged 30-39 at 24%,
Together, we can help turn these numbers around: Your donations will directly benefit GMHC and dozens of other tri-state area AIDS service organizations — orgs that serve as a lifeline to thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS who are in need of medical care, food, counseling, housing assistance, and more. AIDS Walk NY also funds prevention programs and efforts to demand a cure.
To securely donate online, click this link. Checks for any amount can be made out to “AWNY” with my name in the memo and sent to: AIDS Walk New York, P.O. Box 7607, New York, NY 10116.
Thank you!!! <3
*For more info on HIV/AIDS statistics in the US & Worldwide, see http://www.amfar.org/worldwide-aids-stats/.