Every 9 1/2 minutes someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV.
The first cases of what would later become known as AIDS were reported in the United States in June of 1981. Since then, 1.7 million people in the U.S. are estimated to have been infected with HIV.
CDC estimates that more than one million people are living with HIV in the U.S. One in five (20%) of those people living with HIV is unaware of their infection.
More than 17,000 people with AIDS in the U.S. died in 2009 and more than 619,000 people with AIDS in the U.S. have died since the epidemic began.
Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM)1 are strongly affected and represent the majority of persons who have died. Among racial/ethnic groups, African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV in the U.S.
HIV/AIDS Basics: http://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/