December is AIDS Awareness Month

Did you know that an estimated 56,300 Americans are infected with HIV each year? Were you aware that approximately 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS?

AIDS Awareness Month begins each year with World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. It is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) pandemic, caused by the spread of HIV infection. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is transmitted through direct contact of a mucous membrane or the bloodstream with a bodily fluid containing HIV, such as blood, semen, vaginal fluid, and breast milk The awareness campaign is commemorated with events around the world.

To learn more about HIV/AIDS, please visit http://www.aids.gov/.

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