Much headway has been made in HIV treatment, with far fewer AIDS deaths today than 20 years ago, when the film “Philadelphia” hit movie screens. HIV is still spreading, and prevention and treatment efforts continue.
HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is spread through sexual fluids, blood-to-blood contact and breast milk. Much headway has been made in its treatment, with far fewer people dying of AIDS today than 20 years ago, when the film “Philadelphia” hit movie theaters, elevating the national conversation about the disease and people living with it. Even so, HIV is still spreading, and prevention and treatment efforts continue.
|550,000||Approx. number of Americans who have died from AIDS-related complications|
|1.1 million||Approx. number of Americans living with HIV|
|20||Percentage of Americans infected with HIV who don’t know it|
|50,000||Number of new HIV infections in the U.S. each year|
|19,000||Estimated number of Philadelphians living with HIV/AIDS|
|700-800||Number of annual new HIV infections in Philadelphia.|