World Aids Day brings awareness to disease

Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 5:39 PM EST
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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - Today is World Aids Day which aims to bring more awareness to the fight against Aids. According to the World Health Organization the COVID-19 pandemic has made treatment and diagnosis for HIV and AIDS more difficult.

The state of West Virginia has a rate of 4.8 HIV diagnoses per 100,000 people. In Virginia the rate is 10.1 diagnoses per 100,000. Minorities are also more directly affected by AIDS. 52% of the diagnoses in southern states are from African Americans.

According to CDC there were 15,820 deaths in the U.S. in 2018 and 47% of those deaths were in the South.

“Around the world almost 38 million people around the world live with HIV. Last year an estimated 1.5 million people were newly infected and 680 thousand people died from causes related to AIDS.” said WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The CDC recomends people get tested for AIDS if they suspect they have come in contact with the disease. It is also important for those diagnosed with AIDS to take medicine to help combat the virus.

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