Held on December 1 of each year, World AIDS Day is dedicated to building awareness and creating an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. The 2012 theme for World AIDS Day is “Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation.”
Below are 10 AIDS & HIV statistics related specifically to Atlanta and the state of Georgia. Help us build awareness by sharing these stats and encouraging a friend to get tested today. You can find an HIV testing location here.
- Georgia is ranked 6th highest in the U.S. for its cumulative reported number of AIDS cases through 2009. 1
- The HIV rate among black women in Atlanta is 5 times higher than the HIV rate among black women nationwide. 2
- As of 2009, in Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb & Douglas counties, there were over 21,000 individuals living with HIV or AIDS. 3
- The CDC provided the state of Georgia with $18,031,264 for HIV prevention programs in 2010. 4
- In 2010, 2037 new HIV cases (not AIDS) were diagnosed in Georgia. 5
- 77% of all HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed in Georgia were among African Americans, whoa make up only 31% of the population. 6
- 50% of new HIV infections in Georgia occur among youth ages 16-24 years of age. 7
- Georgia ranks among the top 10 nationally for its numbers of AIDS cases and its infection rate. 8
- Nearly 70% of those living with AIDS/HIV in the state of Georgia live in the 28-county metro Atlanta area. 9
- As of 2010, there were over 41,000 people in the state of Georgia living with HIV/AIDS. 10
If you’re looking for a place to get tested on World AIDS Day, or any time of year, you can use the CDC’s tool to find an HIV/AIDS testing site near you.